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Readhead’s Landing

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Readhead's Landing, South Shields

Has it ever looked so good?

This is a very old public landing and slipway in South Shields. Readhead’s Landing has been situated between the shipyards for over 150 years, and possibly a little longer. It has been featured in Catherine Cookson books and was a place that I sometimes played in when I was a child. In years gone by small boats, skiffs, and cobbles would be lauched from here by men perhaps joining a larger vessel or perhaps going out to fish, it may no longer be possible to do that now, but it is available as an emergency landing for someone experiencing trouble on the River Tyne.

For many years access to the landing has been restricted but now after a long struggle it’s status as a Public Right of Way is about to be confirmed and our local council has set about cleaning up half a century’s muck, rubbish, flotsam and jetsam from the river and even removed the remains of an old boat. The old cobble stones, which were used to cover every street in the riverside area, are now cleaned up and the place actually looks inviting to those wishing to use it as a point of access to the river for all sorts of reasons.

In all of my life, I don’t think I can remember it looking this good, you can almost feel and touch the Victorian age here and imagine the wooden hulled three masted ships tied up at Tyne Dock and stevedores rowing about offering their services to captains.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/125 second, f9.5, iso 200


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Written by curly

March 29, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. Curly,

    Brilliant news – I thought you’d photo shopped it to look nice! I shall launch my kayak there in the summer and have a look around a little further upriver than i normally do. Great to know it’s been cleaned up – I go there quite often because it’s a great place to see the river from. Has the gate gone as well?

    Andrew Young

    March 31, 2009 at 11:33 pm

  2. No, but they are wide open!


    April 1, 2009 at 12:28 am

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