NZ2560 : 'The Language Stone', Saltwell Park

taken 9 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

'The Language Stone', Saltwell Park
'The Language Stone', Saltwell Park
Sculpture in white marble by Gordon Young (b. 1952, Carlisle).
The stone was originally from Italy but laid on the seabed off Plymouth for 150 years after shipwreck. The text on the stone in several languages express the feeling of love. The piece was commissioned in 2006 for the Gateshead Sculpture Festival.
Saltwell Towers is visible behind NZ2560 : Saltwell Towers, east side
Saltwell Park
Saltwell Park is a large Victorian park situated in Gateshead. The major part of the park was designed by Edward Kemp. Also known as the 'People's Park' and part of Gateshead's heritage since it opened to the public in 1876, the park is steeped in history. Thanks to a £10 million restoration project 2002-2005 funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Gateshead Council, the park has been restored to its former glory.

Saltwell Park has been given numerous prestigious awards, such as "Britain's Best Park" 2005 and "Green Flag Award" 2006 amongst others.

At the centre lies William Wailes's former home, the Grade II listed Saltwell Towers, also restored, with the addition of a café and visitor information points located in the building.

The park also contains a boating lake, children's play areas including animal stables, aviaries, a stream (The Dene), bandstand, a yew-hedge maze, bowling greens and tennis courts. The park's bandstand was at one time situated in the middle of the lake and bands had to travel across the lake by boat.
War memorials, decorative seats and many items of public art are also to be found.

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A detailed descriptive history of the park is given here LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 November, 2009   (more nearby)
Friday, 27 November, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 255 609 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:56.5431N 1:36.1899W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 255 609
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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