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There are two Grottos around here………

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Cleadon Grotto, near South Shields

………and this is the other one!

Local readers in South Shields will know all about Marsden Grotto, but many may not know about the grotto in Coulthard Park, Cleadon Village (indeed, some may not even know that Cleadon Village has a park!). Coulthard Park was acquired by the then Urban District Council in 1949 when it was private land encompassing a formal lake and this “folly”, Cleadon Grotto. It is an 18th. Century garden “ornament” which was once part of Cleadon House.

The famous author Charles Dickens resided in Cleadon in ‘Cleadon House’ on Front Street. Here Dickens gained much inspiration for the character of Miss Havisham in his novel Great Expectations. The description of her house is a description of Cleadon House. It is alleged that a man who lived in the house was stood-up at the altar and immediately ordered the clocks and reception at Cleadon House to be kept exactly the same as that at the moment he was to be married for a year – thus the inspiration for Miss Havisham.

The grotto was repaired in 1983 by South Tyneside Council as part of the Cleadon Village 800 celebrations.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 67mm lens, 1/90 second, f8.0, iso 200



Written by curly

March 21, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. A superb photo as always and a very interesting post too!


    March 21, 2008 at 3:29 am

  2. Dear Sir,

    You’ve inspired me to hop on a plane and go explore. Brilliant and inspiring. Thank you.

    Miss Havisham

    March 21, 2008 at 5:25 am

  3. what a nice place!


    March 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm

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