South Shields Daily Photo

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Victorian elegance

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Vibe, South Shields

Vibe nightspot hides a history

This building in South Shields town centre displays much of the embellishment of Victorian architecture, despite being covered in layers of masonry paint. Arched doorways, pinnacled dormer windows, and a prominent pinnacled towering turret.

Originally built in Mile End Road as a dance hall for young Victorian beaus, the “Royal Pavillion” has held a place in South Shields night time economy ever since. For many decades it was a cinema, most recently The Gaumont, a place I visited regularly as a child for the Saturday morning club. Then after it closed it became a nightspot under various guises, The Venue, Masons, Coyote Wild, and now Vibe.

The Victorians knew how to build solid structures, and this one should stand for many years yet.

Shame the light and the weather was so poor when I arrived to picture it.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/30 second, f6.7, iso 200



Written by curly

February 2, 2008 at 12:01 am

6 Responses

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  1. If I was to vote on the best Daily Photo Blog for most constantly posting of superb photo I’d have to vote for your blog. You truly have a gift for taking spectacular photos. And this proves it once again.


    February 2, 2008 at 6:08 am

  2. You may be disappointed in the light and weather, but I’m not. I think this is a grand photo. It captures the era and history beautifully.


    February 3, 2008 at 1:27 pm

  3. Fantastic old building, would love to see more photos like this (please!)

    S Wilson

    February 3, 2008 at 11:06 pm

  4. Our nation’s flag ought to be flown on buildings like this, especially given this one’s grandeur, height and central location. Other countries fly their flags with pride and the UK should follow suit. Or maybe some would think that that may upset the few to the detriment of the many

    S Wilson

    February 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm

  5. Ok ok, now I’ve got that rant off my chest – a great shot Curly

    S Wilson

    February 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm

  6. […] the Vibe pub/night spot in Mile End Road, South Shields (fully described in this post) has in the past been a ballroom and a […]

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