Saturday, 19 March 2016

19 MARCH 2016, HARTLEPOOL HEADLAND ,TAKING IN BEACHES 15 & 16 OF 52 DIFFERENT BEACHES FOR THE YEAR.





I PARKED NEAR TO THE LIGHTHOUSE ON THE HEADLAND.

AT THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE HEUGH BATTERY WHICH WAS FEATURED  COUPLE OF YEARS AGO ON A TV SHOW CALLED RESTORATION.
THIS IS THEIR WEBSITE  

HEUGH BATTERY WEBSITE


I PARKED JUST BEFORE THE YELLOW LINES.

THE WAR MEMORIAL.


I WENT DOWN THE RAMP TO THE NORTH SIDE OF THE HEUGH BREAKWATER.


NO SAND HERE ... YOU ARE DOWN TO THE BEDROCK.


ARGHH ...NO SAND! SO WE WENT BACK ONTO THE PROMENADE.

WE PASSED THE NAMES OF THE FALLEN.


MY GREAT GRANDFATHER  USED TO RING THE FOG BELL ON HERE.
HERE HE IS... I NEVER MET HIM. HE DIED BEFORE I WAS BORN. HE LED AN INTERESTING LIFE. HE WAS A HERO AND WAS AWARDED THE SEA GALLANTRY MEDAL FOR SWIMMING OUT TO A WRECK IN 1901 WITH A ROPE AROUND HIS WAIST. TO HELP THE CREW OF THE TRIO.





HE WOULD TAKE THE BELL HAMMER HOME WITH HIM. I DID MY FAMILY TREE AND HIS GRANDSON TOLD ME HE WOULDN'T COUNT THE TIME BETWEEN STRIKES OF THE BELL, BUT WOULD WALK TO A SET POINT AND BACK,TO KEEP TIME .... AND FIT NO DOUBT.
HERE IS SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE TRIO WRECK OVER NEAR NEWBURN BRIDGE; NORTH END OF SEATON CAREW.





















MY GREAT GRANDPARENTS SAT ON THE BREAKWATER.

TRIED TO RE-CREATE IT MANY YEARS LATER.
MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER AND ALL OF HER DAUGHTERS DOWN ON THE BLOCK SANDS, WITH THE BREAKWATER BEHIND THEM... MY NEXT BEACH.

DOWN ONTO THE BLOCK SANDS (No.15)


THE RUINS OF A SEA WATER BATHING POOL. IT WAS DEMOLISHED IN A STORM , MANY YEARS AGO.

MIDDLETON IS ACROSS THE BAY.

ANDY CAPP... A HARTLEPOOL LAD.

REG SMYTHE ... HARTLEPOOL LAD.

ON ANDY'S LEFT... IT WAS A CHURCH; NOW MARY ROWNTREE'S RESTAURANT, BAR AND TEA ROOM..
WEBSITE..
MARY ROWNTREES WEBSITE 

TO HIS RIGHT A TYPICAL HEADLAND PUB.

ANDY'S VIEW, OVER TOWARDS MIDDLETON.

THEN IT WAS OVER THE ROAD AND DOWN TO THE FISH SANDS (No.16)

THE SMALL BEACH IS SURROUNDED BY THE ANCIENT TOWN WALL. THIS IS THE BEACH WHERE THE MONKEY HANGING TOOK PLACE BACK NAPOLEONIC TIME , WHEN A SHIPWRECKED SHIP'S MONKEY WAS HUNG, AS THE THE TOWN'SFOLK THOUGHT HE WAS A FRENCH SPY. HARTLEPOOL UNITED'S MASCOT IS A MONKEY CALLED H'ANGUS.
I AM PROUD TO BE FROM WEST HARTLEPOOL, AS IT WAS BACK THEN.
THE TOWNS OF HARTLEPOOL AND WEST HARTLEPOOL WERE AMALGAMATED BACK IN 1967. HARTLEPOOLS UNITED BECAME HARTLEPOOL F. C . IT WAS LATER CHANGED TO HARTLEPOOL UNITED.



LIMPITS ON THE WALL

THE STEPS DOWN TO THE BEACH LEVEL, THAT WAS ALSO THE STREET LEVEL UNTIL THE AREA KNOW AS THE CROFT WAS DEMOLISHED AND IS BASICALLY BURIED BELOW THE ROAD. THE CROFT WAS A LITTLE LIKE THE THE OLD SIDE OF WHITBY ALL ALLEYS AND PASSAGES...NOW ALL GONE.



3 GERMAN SHIPS CAME FROM THE MIST AND BOMBED THE TOWN... MORE THAN 100 KILLED , THEY FIRED OVER A THOUSAND SHELLS ON THE TOWN. MORE DETAILS ON THE HEUGH BATTERY WEBSITE ABOVE.

THE FENCE HIDES A MEMORIAL TO THEO JONES AND THE SPOT WHERE HE FELL; THE FIRST SOLIDER TO DIE ON BRITISH SOIL IN WW1.

BEACHCLEAN.

FINDS.

BEACH BUOY.


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