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Cleadon Tower, South Shields

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Cleadon Tower, South Shields

Iridescent Infra Red

Cleadon Tower is perched high on Cleadon Hills in South Shields, when the town developed after the industrial revolution of the 1800s the local water company built a small underground reservoir below the hills above South Shields. The tower contained a huge pumping station to supply water to the town. It is no longer in use, as one of Europe’s largest reservoirs, Kielder, now supplies water to all of Tyneside.

This old building has been converted into luxury apartments, it is visible in all directions for many miles around South Shields.

This infra red image has been created from a colour original using Photoshop.

Map (look for the long shadow.)

Written by curly

January 10, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. I would love to go to the top of the old water tower, the building oozes history and I imagine the views afforded over Tyneside and Wearside are amazing. Cleadon Hills is an oasis and one of South Tyneside’s unknown gems. Great photograph

    S Wilson

    January 10, 2008 at 12:40 am

  2. As a tower – it’s a beauty. As an apartment – not so much ๐Ÿ˜‰ Granted, the views must be awesome, but it’s too boxy and those windows are too narrow for me…Still, I would love to visit one of them.


    January 10, 2008 at 1:24 am

    • The tower itself isnt an apartment, but the lower buildings around the tower are ๐Ÿ™‚


      July 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

  3. Curly – that’s very interesting. What PS filter did you use to get the IR effect?

    This is quite a remarkable building. How could you classify the architecture? A little Italian, a little German Baroque, maybe a dash of exotic Chinese. I cant imagine how there could be more than one residence – the cross section of the building is so small. Where is there room for stairs and much living area?


    January 10, 2008 at 2:35 am

  4. Beautiful. It reminds me of the Lymm Water Tower in Cheshire. Very Victorian Gothic. Of course with the Lymm Tower the conversion is around the tower which to be quite frank looks odd.

    The effect you have chosen for this image compliments the subject perfectly.


    January 10, 2008 at 12:31 pm

  5. amazing tower. Gorgeous architecture. Super photo. Never seen anything quite like this.


    January 10, 2008 at 1:15 pm

  6. Strangetastes – it’s not a PS filter it’s an action. Dave’s IR action V2.0 is available as a free download from


    January 10, 2008 at 8:18 pm

  7. I was using effect to effect not as a technical term….there is life outside photography


    January 11, 2008 at 4:49 am

  8. This is an amazing image. I would be interested to see a b&W alonside to compare. I haven’t played with infrared digitally yet but guess I want to.


    January 13, 2008 at 4:49 am

  9. My Dad has lived all his life being overlooked by Cleadon ‘Tower’ which is in fact a chimney for the original steam powered water pumps. Like many people in South Shields he always wanted to ‘go up it’. For a while I worked for the local water company and with a bit of string pulling, managed to arrange an ‘inspection’ to get Dad and myself up there. The chimney runs up the centre of the tower and a very narrow square spiral staircase runs up and around it to provide access to the balcony at the top. The staircase was cramped, dirty and smelly (from bird droppings) but having just got our breath back the view from the top was – well – simply breathtaking! Due to its construction I very much doubt if the tower could be converted to a home.

    Derek Cajiao

    April 1, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    • hiya derek, wish id been with you at the top, we”ve played there since we where kids, for me, about 1960, sledging was ace ! , what about the dome though, was it a cover for the water tank ?, its a pity they built private homes on the site, it should have been listed and kept as an historic site., i remember going to army type camps when i was 5 or 6 and it was brilliant just behind the tower, we used to escape to the old mill but had to avoid the cow-pats (and the cows sometimes!) , ,, cheers, geoff. morton.

      geoff. morton

      February 7, 2012 at 4:31 am

  10. whatever i toataly mean whatever yo yo yo yo yo! no way is a crumy little water tower gunna fit even 1 room is i was sayin whatever!

    yo yo yo yo yo!

    a canny good guy

    September 18, 2008 at 8:26 pm

  11. I remember the roof of the tower having a much larger overhang making it look more oriental; then about 25-30 years ago it was reduced in size through maintenance work I imagine. It has never quite looked the same but is very special nonetheless.


    February 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm

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