Rare picture taken inside the Watch Tower of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House on the pier.
Here Brigadesmen can watch shipping entering and leaving the River Tyne as they study the charts of the harbour and the river mouth, just below the centre picture you will see a small square flap which allowed them to use a telescope to get a better view in inclement weather (there was no pier at the time the Watch House was built).
The Watch House is now a Grade ll Listed Building of important historical and architectural interest, it was completely restored and renovated in 1985-86 after more than a century of daily use.
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