South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Odd tops No. 1

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The Cyprus Hotel, South Shields

The Cyprus

I’ll make this the start of a series of “odd tops” and then perhaps we’ll see more people walking around with their noses in the air! Seriously, we all get to recognise the way around our towns and cities by a recognition of shop windows, gardens, pavement, road signs, and whatever else is at eye level. How many of us bother to look up overhead to often see the history of our towns? We tend to re-use many buildings and change everything that is visible at ground and first floor level and (thankfully) leave the rest untouched.

The Cyprus Hotel (pub) in Chichester Road has stood there since 1902 – 106 years of serving up traditional ales to a traditional clientelle. It’s main rooms have been altered a number of times but it’s exterior has remained virtually untouched in all of those years. Here we see very ornate architecture with huge dormer windows, a castellated tower, and a green copper onion shaped dome.

Camera details, Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/250 second, f11.0, iso 200



Written by curly

February 25, 2008 at 12:01 am

5 Responses

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  1. Great idea for a post. I like the detailing on the two windows and the copper clad onion dome. Is that a pigeon on the top? Or just a decoration? It’s hard to tell from the picture.


    February 25, 2008 at 1:27 am

  2. I always look across the street at buildings and as you say there are some very interesting roofs.

    Clare, Clinton, New York, USA

    February 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm

  3. It’s a pigeon alright!


    February 25, 2008 at 8:55 pm

  4. Curly, I totally get your point, people need to look up more! This pub is in fact a beautiful building. I look forward to you posting more of shots like this one over the coming week

    S Wilson

    February 25, 2008 at 10:01 pm

  5. Curly, I am going to “look up” more now. I hope to also catch some nice views!

    Thanks for such thoughts. I have learnt much from your daily pictures. Thanks for sharing!


    February 26, 2008 at 2:25 am

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