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The Temple of Doom?

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Ruins of Whitburn Hall near South Shields

Whitburn Hall

Whitburn Hall was the ancestral home of Sir Hedworth Williamson and his family and it was located adjacent to the cricket club in Whitburn Village near South Shields.

Sir Hedworth himself was a keen cricketer and appeared many times for the club. His other interests included helping charities and was an eager supporter of the R.S.P.C.A. A J.P. of the County of Durham he was well known for his sympathy with unfortunate defendants and also for stern justice he handed out to ‘real bad uns’.

Sir Hedworth Williamson, as he got older, suffered from general decay but his death at 74 on 24th August 1900, was accelerated by an attack of diabetes. Generous to a fault it was he who allowed part of his grounds to be used as a field for the Whitburn Cricket Club, making a stipulation that no gate money should be taken at matches.

Williamson was also a breeder of thoroughbred race horses.

Sir Hedworth Williamson (1827-1900) was the 8th Baronet of a title created in 1642. Educated at Eton and Oxford he was appointed attaché to the embassy at St. Petersburg at the age of 21. He later represented Sunderland in Parliament for many years. A politician of ‘decidedly liberal views’ he was not known as a great debater. However, his speeches on home ground in Sunderland were always humourous and well received. Williamson was a strong opponent of Home Rule and quit the Liberal Party in 1886 in protest at Gladstone’s measures. He was a River Wear Commissioner for many years and a highly respected JP. Living in Whitburn Hall, he owned most of Monkwearmouth, presenting a large portion to the city to make Roker Cliffe Park. The privileged lifestyle enjoyed at Whitburn Hall ended with his death, upon which the title passed to his son, also Hedworth.

These remains of the outer walling around the old Whitburn Hall look as though they could easily have been the set for “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom“, the hall was demolished a long time ago and replaced by luxury apartments, all that remains is the rather beautiful cricket ground, which I will show at a later date.


300th. Post

Tomorrow at midnight I will publish the 300th. post of this photoblog.

I was always confident that I could find sufficient material in and around South Shields and South Tyneside to keep it refreshed on a daily basis, and I am very thankful to the other members in the Daily City Photo community for their support and encouragement. I still endeavour to visit as many as possible of the other 254 Daily and City photoblogs as and when time permits and to make comments on their work and their hometown. I have found it an enriching experience which educates and informs as well as any school lesson, and allows us all to encompass the breadth of the human experience in towns and cities around the world.

Tomorrow’s (and the next few days) posts will be rather special and were only possible with the assistance and help of The Mayor of South Tyneside Cllr. Tracey Dixon, who by her invitation (see this post) allowed me to access parts of our Town Hall where normally photography is not permitted. I am extremely grateful.


Written by curly

May 25, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. You are right about Iniana Jones ambience:)


    May 25, 2007 at 4:24 am

  2. Congratulations on the 300th.

    This is a nice shot. I like it. I also like your narrative.

    Today, the final pictures of the series, “A Day in the Life of a Robin,” is online. I couldn’t decide which picture to use. I hope you get to see them.

    Abraham Lincoln
    Brookville Daily Photo

    Abraham Lincoln

    May 25, 2007 at 12:12 pm

  3. thanx for all the info with the photo..looking forward to your 300th post, congrats and well do!


    May 25, 2007 at 3:52 pm

  4. Hi Curly,

    This is my first visit to your Blog and I liked it. The pictures are very impressive.

    Congratulations for 300th posting, keep moving.



    May 25, 2007 at 9:05 pm

  5. Finally Internet (Because I can have Internet only the weekend and the public holidays), I can visit your blog. This weekend I present Martel in version black and white. I prefer the photographs in b&w and you?

    My blog photographs on the town of Martel


    May 26, 2007 at 4:14 pm

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