NZ3573 : Whitley Sands at Whitley Bay

taken 3 years ago, near to Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, Great Britain

Whitley Sands at Whitley Bay
Whitley Sands at Whitley Bay
In the distance is St Mary's Island and Lighthouse.
St Mary's Island and Lighthouse :: NZ3575

St Mary's Island (also known as Bait Island) is a tiny island just to the north of Whitley Bay, opposite Curry's Point on the mainland. The small rocky tidal island can be accessed between the tides via a short concrete causeway which is submerged at high tide.

The lighthouse and adjacent keepers' cottages were built in 1898 on the site of a monastery where a small sanctuary light would have acted as a guide to passing ships. The 125-foot high lighthouse, on a hazardous coast for shipping, remained operational until 1984 when it was superseded by modern navigational techniques. While it no longer functions as a working lighthouse it, together with the former keepers' cottages, is operated as a visitor centre by North Tyneside Council with a small natural history museum, and a café

LinkExternal link English Heritage Pastscape

The lighthouse, keepers' cottages and associated walling were given Grade II-listed status by English Heritage in 2012 (English Heritage Building ID: 1408299 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

The island is part of a conservation area, together with the surrounding rocky landscape and the mainland area around it (LinkExternal link St Mary’s Island Conservation Area Character Appraisal - North Tyneside Council).

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Sunday, 5 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Saturday, 8 September, 2018
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 351 739 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:3.5280N 1:27.1223W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 350 738
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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