. . North Shields, a fishing port on the north bank of the Tyne, has a long tradition of “Wooden Dollies”. In 1814 the female figurehead from a collier ship was placed at the entrance to Custom House Quay and stood there until 1850. This “Wooden Dolly” was used by sailors as a source of good-luck charms and they cut pieces of wood from her to take with them on voyages. A succession of Wooden Dollies followed and in in 1992 a sixth Wooden Dolly, as seen in this photo, was placed where the first four had been, at the entrance to Custom House Quay, and next to the Prince of Wales public house. .
one of the best ways to see any city for the first time is from an open-topped sightseeing bus; the Newcastle tour takes about one hour and the bus pictured here is shown passing the new £40 million Central Library.
. . The castle dates back to 1096 and was built to defend the northern English border against Scottish invaders. It has withstood several sieges . It was bought in 1309 By Henry de Percy and has been owned by the Percy family, the Earls and later the Dukes of Northumberland ever since. The Percy family have played a significant part in the history of England fighting for and against the reigning Monarchs on various occasions. . The castle is open to the public during the summer. After Windsor Castle it is the second largest inhabited castle in England; it has featured in several movies, most notably in recent time as Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter series. .
. . Monarch of the Glen as seen in a bar window on The Side in Newcastle. Also a very successful BBC TV drama created by North-East writer, Mike Chaplin. The series began in February 2000, and its seventh and final series was broadcast in 2005 . .
Haltwhistle is a small town in Northumberland; it's name is derived from Hal-twysel, meaning "a meeting of the streams by the hill". It has a population of about 3,500 and claims to be at the exact geographic centre of Britain ( enlarge the picture for the explanation)
. . The Allendale Brewing Company http://www.allendalebrewery.com/ is based in Allendale, South West Northumberland and only commenced brewing as recently as 2006. It is the first commercial brewery in Allendale since the closure of the original Allendale Brewery in 1887. It's ales are named after local birds and Allendale events, including Curlews Return, Golden Plover, Black Grouse, Tar Bar'l Stout and Allendale Wolf. .
. . . Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's sculpture 'Vulcan' ,the God of the Forge, in Central Square Newcastle, has been replaced , temporarily, with a collection of vertically stacked shopping trolleys . The sculpture, called DNA DL90, represents a DNA double helix and is by artist Abigail Fallis. The DNA sculpture will be one of a number of works to fill the space while Vulcan is on tour. .
. . . George Haliburton Hume was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1923 and became Archbishop of Westminster in1976, serving in that position until his death in 1999. he was a keen follower of Newcastle United FC. This statue of him is next to St Mary's catholic cathedral in Newcastle.
The Central Staion was designed by John Dobson for what was then the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway Company. It was built between 1845 and 1850 and was officially opened by Queen Victoria on 29 August 1850.
. . . The memorial at Earsdon church . . In 1862, a pit disaster occurred which devastated the Northumberland mining community of New Hartley. 199 men were killed at the Hester Pit when a metal pumping beam broke and fell down the only shaft trapping the men and boys below. These were the days when boys worked underground. . This tragedy resulted in legislation which banned one-shaft mines. .
. . . . Turbinia was the world's first first steam turbine driven vessel. She was designed by Charles Parsons (1854 - 1931) who invented the steam turbine in 1884, Turbinia was built at the yard of Brown and Hood at Wallsend on the River Tyne; she was launched on 2nd August 1894 and was by far the fastest ship in the world at that time with a top speed of 34.5 knots (63.9 km/h) . . The vessel can still be seen at The Discovery Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne. .