NZ3965 : Velvet Beds or Camel Island, Marsden Bay

taken 10 years ago, near to Harton, South Tyneside, Great Britain

Velvet Beds or Camel Island, Marsden Bay
Velvet Beds or Camel Island, Marsden Bay
The size of the island is shown by the couple sitting in the sun just below its summit.
Velvet Beds or Camel Island
The tidal island off the north end of Marsden Bay was called Velvet Beds because of the fine, springy grass and thrift that used to grow on it. With the loss of this growth, the prominent shape of the bare island gave rise to the more usual present name of Camel Island. Velvet Beds is now applied to the whole of this end of Marsden Bay.
At low tide, traces of a quay made of large rectangular blocks of stone can be seen on the south-west side of the island. It is shown as such on the 1860s OS map and as a causeway linking the mainland with the island on Robert Stotes plan of 1768. This structure and the hollow-way down to the shore have been considered as Roman features but are probably early post-medieval in date and may be associated with quarrying of limestone Epsom Salts by The Jarrow Chemical Company in the 1830s.
Tyne and Wear HER(2412): Marsden, Velvet Beds or Camel Island, quay and hollow way LinkExternal link

A flint scatter found on the island shows that it was known to Mesolithic people. Tyne and Wear HER(859): Marsden, Velvet Beds or Camel Island, flints LinkExternal link

In World War II there was a pillbox sited on the island for coastal defence.

The archaeology and history of the coast between South Shields and Whitburn was researched by the South Shields Arbeia Society in 2004 LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 28 December, 2009   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 29 December, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3978 6560 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:59.0051N 1:22.7961W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3971 6562
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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