HARTLEPOOL & NORTH EAST PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is very much a hobby of mine these days. I never really took it seriously until I returned to the UK in 2007 after a 14 year holiday in Spain. As the page title suggests it is not just photographs of Hartlepool featured here but in and around the north east in general.

Waves, by Stuart Langley, can be seen on the sea front at Seaton Carew. A plaque explaining more about this monument can be seen in the right hand column.

A low tide on the Fish Sands with the picturesque and colourful houses on the Town Wall and how nice it was to see this photograph used on "BBC Look North" evening weather, with Jennifer Bartram, on September 28th, 2018.

Not a pretty sight to see as I drove through Greatham during late September, 2018. The Smiths Arms public house is in a sorry state. I'm told, on good authority, that it is being turned into apartments.

This was quite an impressive site as the offshore supply vessel "Aethra" from Cyrprus sailed down the channel and about to leave port. You can just see the houses on the Town Wall to the right hand side.

The Boy on a Bicycle sculpture, by Bob Hollywood, is close to the railway station and celebrates the film directors' Sir Ridley and Tony Scott and their links to Hartlepool. They both studied at West Hartlepool College of Art. The “Boy and Bicycle” recalls Sir Ridley Scott’s black and white film from 1965 which he shot in town and you can see on the British Film Institute website.

Ward Jackson Park with the flowers in bloom taken during late August, 2018 and congratulations to the parks' department and gardeners for a magnificent job they do!

Beautiful flowers in Croft Gardens in the early morning sunshine on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 with the Borough Hall as a backdrop.

York Minster - or to give it its correct and full name it is The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter, York Minster - and is a Grade I listed building.

Old Hartlepool was the venue on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 for Hartlepool Armed Forces Day and The Headland Heritage Festival which was organised by Hartlepool Armed Forces Liaison Group and Hartlepool Headland Local History Group. Hundreds of people turned out for the event on a glorious sunny afternoon.

When I was out on Friday, July 6th, 2018, waiting for the offshore supply vessel “NORMAND FLOWER” to leave port I spotted the fishing boat “SEA BREEZE” (HL7) sailing in. Get them both together I thought - little and large!

Flying Scotsman

The A3 "60103 "Flying Scotsman" hauling "The Cathedrals Express" from York to Edinburgh on Saturday, May 19th, 2018. She is seen here at Tursdale Junction, just north of Ferryhill, in County Durham. She was initially scheduled to stop at Tursdale for about thirty minutes but, as she was running an hour late, she sped through at speed.

A nice sunny view of the Town Wall in old Hartlepool taken from the Banjo Pier in Middleton on Monday, May 14th, 2018 and used on Tyne Tees Television weather.

This picturesque view of Barnard Castle, overlooking the River Tees, was taken during late April 2018 and was also used on BBC Look North Weather - and how nice to see!

A nice Autumn view of the gardens and grounds in Auckland Castle. The Castle, in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, is Grade II listed.

Herrington Country Park near Penshaw, Tyne & Wear. This was taken from inside Penshaw Monument. You can just see a column to the left hand side of the photograph which was purposely left in!

It had been on my mind for quite sometime to make the journey through to Barnard Castle to take some photographs of the spectacular Bowes Museum - well I managed it during late August 2017. The museum is a hidden treasure and a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale.

A busy scene in Hartlepool Marina on an overcast afternoon with the many yachts, fishing boats and cruisers at berth.

A picturesque setting as the Isle of Man registered cargo vessel "Vectis Isle" passes the Pilot's Pier as she leaves Hartlepool for Rotterdam.

This very impressive Grade II listed building is Beddell House care home at Sherburn Hill in the parish of Shincliffe, County Durham. It was built around 1868 and more photographs of this building can be seen on the Historic England website.

When I made a trip to Horden I couldn't help noticing the impressive St. Mary's Church on Blackhills Road and decided to stop and take a few photographs. It is Grade II listed and you can read more about it on the Historic England website.

The Scottish beam trawler "King Challenger" (BA 87) sailing down the channel leaving Hartlepool. She is registered at Ballantrae and from Kirkcudbright.

A rare sight indeed. The lock gates in Hartlepool Marina had been closed for essential maintenance during February 2017 which took about 17 days to complete. It had been more than 20 years since this type of work had been carried out and the cost was estimated to be around £80,000.

High winds and stormy seas certainly bring the photographers out in force and, as always, the New Pier - Heugh Breakwater - in old Hartlepool is a good place to be if you keep a safe distance!

The cold spell we had recently made you to wrap up and keep warm. Someone obviously thought the same for poor old Andy Capp, in Croft Terrace, on the seafront in old Hartlepool, by providing him with a suitable scarf!

St. Hilda's Church is lit up in various colours as part of the annual Wintertide Festival which takes place for three days each November. Other images from the festival can be seen on my Night Photography page.

This wonderful sculpture of a brick train can be seen just off the A66 near Darlington. It was was commissioned and created by David Mach in 1997. The train is based on "Mallard" the Sir Nigel Gresley designed A4 pacific locomotive and was constructed using 185,000 bricks. Funding was provided by the National Lottery, Morrisons Supermarkets, Northern Arts, The Department of National Heritage and Darlington Borough Council. For those of you wanting to see it, it is quite close to Morton Park Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Darlington.

During another spell with night photography in September 2016 I took a friend, from Washington in Tyne & Wear, to certain sites in town that he might enjoy seeing. Jackson's Wharf public house and restaurant was one of the many places we visited - to take pictures not to eat and drink!

I'm sure many people in Hartlepool will have seen this plane in the grounds of the College of Further Education in Stockton Street. It is an ex-RAF Jet Provost T5 XW405, which arrived in town from storage on June 20th, 2012 and, over several months, was fully stripped, repainted and rebuilt by students and staff to restore it to this excellent external display condition. Photograph © copyright Stan Laundon.

This piece of wall art certainly created a lot of interest in old Hartlepool. Someone has either painted this - or stencilled it - on a wall along the promenade in old Hartlepool. Many people have been down taking photographs.

"HMS Trincomalee" which is berthed at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool. She is the oldest British warship still afloat. With its towering structure and thundering cannons, is a perfect tribute to Hartlepool's seafaring tradition. Built in Bombay, India in 1817, the Trincomalee was brought to Hartlepool in 1987, where it has taken over 10 years to restore the ship to her former glory.

The A3 60103 "Flying Scotsman" hauling "The Tynesider" excursion through Ferryhill on June 11th, 2016. You can see more photos of this classic engine on my "Flying Scotsman" page.

I couldn't resist taking this photograph of a male Eider Duck as it stood on a groyne near the Town Wall as the tide came in. You can read more about this species on the RSPB website and also see it in a slightly larger size by clicking on the image.

The Morison Hall was once a grand old building that was used by the Boys' Brigade for their meetings and band practice and also for functions and socials. As you see it now, with this photograph taken during mid-April 2016, and after the local council approved planning application, it has been turned into luxury flats. The Morison Hall was actually built as a Methodist Church. It became a Boy's Brigade hall when they took the building over which gave its name from their founder Dr. Bertie Morison. There's more about the building on our Old Hartlepool page.

When I was on the fish quay to take a few photographs of various vessels, this seal caught my attention as I stood on the quayside. The ships just had to wait as I took some photographs of this lovely creature before she dived out of sight. You can view it in a slightly larger size by clicking on the image.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel on the corner of Middlegate and Durham Street in Hartlepool.

Two scenic views of the ancient Town Wall in old Hartlepool as seen in an episode of the BBC Television drama series of "George Gently". Click on the images to view them in a larger size.

Ship Inn Wellington Inn

Two public houses just on the outskirts of Hartlepool - The Ship Inn and The Wellington Inn both in the village of Wolviston.

Redcar Beacon, also known as the vertical pier, is the town's tallest structure at 80ft (24m) high and has seven floors. There are 132 steps and a lift. There is cafe and open roof terrace which have 360 degree views. Admission is free. The beacon was opened to the public during March 2013. The tower, which cost £1.6m did attract criticism from some residents who had favoured a horizontal, rather than a vertical, pier.

Although I'm not a big fan of using a mobile phone to take photographs it was all I had with me when I spotted this little squirrel in a friend's garden.

The Hospital of God at Greatham, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, certainly attracts a lot of photographers. It is a Grade II listed building and is used as apartments for the elderly.

The East and West Lodges at the entrance to Tunstall Court, near Ward Jackson Park in Grange Road. The buildings are Grade II Listed and built around 1890 - possibly by T. Lewis Banks, of London, according to the British Listed Buildings website. Both lodges are now private dwellings.


I do hope you enjoy seeing this slideshow of the Infinity Bridge which spans the River Tees in Stockton, England. The bridge, which is very picturesque at night, is a major part of the North Shore Development in Stockton. This iconic structure, named Infinity Bridge in September 2008 links the North Shore development and the Teesdale area. I first visited this location in April 2010 and have made several visits since then. Believe it or not I always find different angles to shoot. Photographs © Stan Laundon.

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