NZ3668 : North Groyne Promenade, North Shields

taken 5 years ago, near to Tynemouth, North Tyneside, Great Britain

North Groyne Promenade, North Shields
North Groyne Promenade, North Shields
On the hill behind are the Sir James Knott Memorial Flats in Tynemouth NZ3669 : Sir James Knott Flats
Building started in the 1930s and by 1938 they were nearing completion. They were probably the first-ever flats built with special features to help tenants withstand air raids, essential with the approaching threat of war. Fire resistant materials were used throughout, unusual for those days, and the huge cellars below were designed as air raid shelters with a system of airlocks in the doorways. Large underground workshops could also be used.
The idea of the flats was originated by the trustees of the charity established by Sir James Knott, a millionaire shipowner. They wanted to provide affordable homes for local seafaring families to replace recently cleared slums.
The building was also to boast what was believed at the time to be the biggest clock in the North East. The electrically operated clock was 12ft 6in in diameter, making it easily visible from across the river in South Shields.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 28 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 5 August, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Housing, Dwellings  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3643 6867 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:0.6756N 1:25.9133W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 36420 68624
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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