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The Mill Dam

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Mill Dam, South Shields

The old historic waterfront area

The Mill Dam in South Shields is one of the oldest remaining areas of Victorian and Edwardian riverside development. It has been designated a conservation area by South Tyneside Council and is now an important part of our “night time economy”, this part of town was once the busiest as seafarers vied for jobs on ships that plied their trade on the River Tyne. Now it is home for public houses, a Mission for Seafarers, our Customs House ( a theatre, cinema, and arts workshop), and restaurant, as well as homes fashioned from converted ships chandlers.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 30mm lens, 6 seconds, f6.7, iso 200



Written by curly

November 9, 2007 at 12:01 am

8 Responses

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  1. You photographed it beautifully. It almost feels as though I am there.


    November 9, 2007 at 3:33 am

  2. What a great area. I bet that’s been used in films, hasn’t it? So much atmosphere and evocative of times past.


    November 9, 2007 at 9:15 am

  3. You really have a striking night photo image here, with the maritime shops and signs.


    November 9, 2007 at 2:39 pm

  4. Striking photo, Curly, especially when enlarged. Wow!

    “homes fashioned from converted ships chandlers,” that’s lovely.

    Fénix (Bostonscapes)

    November 9, 2007 at 4:25 pm

  5. even you are now “gentrified”.


    November 9, 2007 at 4:53 pm

  6. The Mill Dam is a wonderful place with so much character and charm. You really can capture its maritime history when walking along the cobbled lanes; I love it. In response to Jilly, I assume, Curly, that the Mill Dam has been used as the setting for several Catherine Cookson television productions, as with other areas nearby?

    S Wilson

    November 9, 2007 at 11:12 pm

  7. I love this night shot!

    As an amateur photography enthusiast, I have not been able to capture good night shots. Would you be kind enough to offer me some tips? Is tripod compulsory? What are the crucial points to look out?

    Thanks in advance.


    November 17, 2007 at 5:13 pm

  8. A tripod is a must JC, and try to remember to set the white balance to tungsten to cope with the lower light temperature of the street lights.


    November 17, 2007 at 8:50 pm

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