Tynemouth or locally is a town and a historic borough in Tyne and Wear, England, at the mouth of the River Tyne, between North Shields (on the Tyne) and Cullercoats (on the coast to the North). It is administered as part of the borough of North Tyneside, but until 1974 was an independent county borough, including North Shields, in its own right. It has a population of 17,056. Its history, from the Iron Age to Victorian times and beyond, attracts visitors from […]
The River Tyne is a river in North East England and its length (excluding tributaries), is 200 miles (321.8 Kilometers). It is formed by the confluence of two rivers: the North Tyne and the South Tyne. These two rivers converge at Warden Rock near Hexhamin Northumberland at a place dubbed ‘The Meeting of the Waters’. The North Tyne rises on the Scottish border, north of Kielder Water. It flows through Kielder Forest, and passes through the village of Bellingham before reaching Hexham. The South Tyne rises on Alston Moor, Cumbria and […]
Newcastle upon Tyne, , is a city and metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear, North East England, situated on the north bank of the River Tyne and centred 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from the North Sea. It is the most populous city in North East England. The city lies at the urban core of the Tyneside conurbation, which is the seventh most populous conurbation in the United Kingdom and the most populous in the North East region. The city grew up in the area […]
Invader is the pseudonym of a well-known French urban artist, born in 1969, whose work is modelled on the crude pixellation of 1970s 8-bit video games. He took his name from the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, and much of his work is composed of square ceramic tiles inspired by video game characters. Although he prefers to remain incognito, and guards his identity carefully, his distinctive creations can be seen in many highly-visible locations in […]
Dunstanburgh Castle lies on a headland on the coast of Northumberland in northern England, between the villages of Craster and Embleton. The castle walls enclose 9.96 acres (4.03 ha), making it the largest castle in Northumberland. The site shows traces of much earlier occupation before the erection of the castle was started in 1313 by the Earl of Lancaster.
Alnmouth is a village in Northumberland, England. It is situated just off the main A1068 road (toAshington), about 4 miles (6 km) south-east of Alnwick. Located at the mouth of the River Aln, the village has been an important trading port in Northumberland’s past, mainly involved in the export of grain, and smuggling. Due to the trade in grain, the village contained a number of granaries. The port declined after the river changed course during a violent storm in 1806. This […]
Although often called “Penshaw Monument”, the correct title of the structure is The Earl of Durham’s Monument. The monument stands on Penshaw Hill, the name of which is derived from a mixture of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon words. Pen is aBrythonic or Cumbric word for hill, as in the name Penrith; shaw is derived from sceaga meaning “wooded area”; and finally the Old/Middle/Modern English word “hill”. The name thus means “wooded-hill hill”. The 136-metre (446 ft) hill on which the monument stands was presented by Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of […]
The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, which is located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. It is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across. The wings do not stand straight sideways, but are angled 3.5 degrees forward; Gormley did this to create “a sense of embrace”. It stands on a hill […]