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Tyne Port Health Authority, South Shields

Tyne Port Health Authority

Incredibly many of our towns and cities hide their best architecture high up above eye level and we have to walk about with our necks craned to see it. South Shields is no different, at ground level buildings and shop fronts evolve to meet the needs of the present day, but look above and you may find the interesting history of the buildings in front of you.

This building is now luxury apartments but it has had an interesting history, from 1886 until 1985 it was occupied by the Tyne Port Health Authority which was set up in 1879 to combat the importation of diseases and ailments following the massive growth of foreign-going shipping on the River Tyne. It was later used as a mortuary by Northumbria Police’s River Division and bodies found in the river were taken here, it was most famously used as a mortuary for the “torso in the tank” murder case involving Ernest Adolphus Clarke, a former employee of Velva Liquids nearby.

The building is located at the end of Dalton Lane at The Mill Dam, South Shields.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/90 second, f9.5, iso 800

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Written by curly

November 21, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Buildings, Colour, History, South Shields

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