Hartlepool is less than half an hour's drive from South Shields yet having worked there in the past I've never really had the time to explore its historic "headland". This was the older, original part of Hartlepool, where they "hung the monkey" having mistaken it for a Napoleonic spy!
The "headland" used to be a medieval walled town with two towers guarding the entrance to the port - something which I never knew.
During the First World War the first British soldiers to be killed in action died here after German ships shelled the Heugh Battery in an effort to lure the British fleet into a staged battle.
You can see the pattern of the long terraced streets, very much like South Shields, as they leaned down towards the port, ship yards, and the fish quay. The old Victorian red brick still very much remains although much post war development is evident (and looks out of place). The old Town Hall, now a library, is a magnificent building and the whole area smells of maritime history.
St. Hilda's parish church is huge, and I mean almost cathedral like in scale. It stands in acres of space as streets bombarded by the German fleet in 1914 were demolished and apparently not redeveloped. Unfortunately the church was closed on the afternoon of my visit, I must go back to photograph the interior.
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Read my views in Curly's Corner Shop, to find out a little more about my home town South Shields.
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