HMS Ledbury

HMS Ledbury (M30), the third ship of the name, is a Hunt-class minesweeper of the Royal Navy. She was launched on December 1979 and commissioned on 11 June 1981, the second ship of her class. She cost £65 Million at time of building, which was the most expensive cost per metre for any class of ship built by the Royal Navy. Most of this cost went into the research and development of Ledbury's Glass Reinforced Plastic Hull.

These photos were taken on the 24th October 2011 when she been docked in the Tyne for a few days.











HMS Ledbury arriving on the Tyne 20th October 2011






HMS Ledbury leaving Newcastle Quayside 25th October 2011






On board the HMS Ledbury






More information:
HMS Ledbury (M30): Wikipedia
HMS Ledbury: Royal Navy
Evening Chronicle: HMS Ledbury docks on the River Tyne


Fenwicks Christmas Window 2011


This years window has the strapline "Once Upon a Time - Celebrating 40 years of Fenwicks christmas stories".

All these photos were taken quite early in the morning before it was switched on so forgive me for the odd appearance of my cameras flash reflecting in the windows. Every time that I have passed the window this week during opening hours I've not been able to get near enough to get beter shots due to the sheer number of visitors.

















Other Years Photos:
Fenwicks Christmas Window 2007
Fenwicks Christmas Window 2008
Fenwicks Christmas Window 2009
Fenwicks Christmas Window 2010
Fenwicks Christmas Window 2012


Willington Gut

The stream that trickles through Richardson Dees Park, Wallsend Civic Hall Grounds and Wallsend Burn eventually opens out into Willington Gut before it enters the river Tyne.


October 2011










Willington Viaduct

Iron railway viaduct over Willington Dene, spanning a distance of c.320m with seven spans, supported on stone piers. Construction began in 1837 by John and Benjamin Green for Newcastle and North Shields Railway Company.







Willington Mill

Willington Mill, also known as Kitty's Mill, was one of England's first steam powered flour mills. The Victorians regarded it as the most haunted building in the North of the Country. The building is now listed and is used as a canteen for the rope works along side.







Willington Quay Boat Club





OLD PHOTOS


select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo of the Rope Works, Willington Mill and the Willington Viaduct.
View from the southeast.
Image from October 1972.
©SINE Project





select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo, looking out from under the A187 road bridge towards the Willington ropeworks, Willington Mill and the Willington Viaduct.
View from the south.
Image from October 1972.
©SINE Project




select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo looking from under the Willington Viaduct towards the rope walk.
View from the southeast.
Image from October 1972.
©SINE Project





select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo looking at the span of the Willington Viaduct.
View from the southwest.
Image from 6 July 1961.
©SINE Project





select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo looking at the length of Willington Viaduct, with the ropery below.
View from the southwest.
Image from October 1972.
©SINE Project





select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo looking from under the A187 road bridge towards the rope works, Willington Mill and the Willington Viaduct.
View from the south.
Image from October 1972.
©SINE Project




select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo looking under the Willington Viaduct towards the rope works.
View from the south.
Image from October 1972.
©SINE Project





select this to view the full sized image at the SINE projectLandscape photo looking at the length of Willington Viaduct.
View from the east.
Image from 3 August 1981.
©SINE Project









More Information:
Willington Dene and Willington Quay
Monkchester: Willington Quay Photos
Workmen unloading raw material from a barge in Willington Gut for Messrs Hood Haggie's rope works, January 1933
Willington Mill's ghostly past explored in book
Willington Dene and Willington Quay
North Tyneside - Willington Gut Footbridge

Heaton Park in the Snow Nov 2010

A few older photos I recently found on an old hard drive which were meant to go up here a year ago!
Here's hoping we don't have another nasty winter this year but I'm not holding my breath.