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Street Scenes and Architecture

andrew blakey | The Fleet

The Fleet

Irene Brown crafted 'Fleet' in 2004 from highly polished stainless steel. It consists of seven Collier Brigs (sailing ships that carried coal), which appear to be floating in a pool of water. The pool used to be a dry dock used for shipbuilding and ship repairs. The brightly polished ships reflect patterns of both moving sky and water and give the impression of a fleet heading out to sea.
andrew blakey | BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

is an international centre for contemporary art located on the south bank of the River Tyne alongside the Gateshead Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, in North East England, United Kingdom. It presents a constantly changing programme of exhibitions and events. It opened in 2002 in a converted flour mill.
andrew blakey | Newcastle Vista

Newcastle Vista

View down the river towards Gateshead from Newcastle castle keep
andrew blakey | South Shields Old Town hall

South Shields Old Town hall

Located in South Shields Market Square this Grade I listed building was erected in or around 1768 for The Dean and Chapter. The upper room was designed for use as offices for their officials and a place to hold manorial courts etc, whilst the open space underneath provided shelter for a corn and provisions market. The building has been put to a range of uses during its life including a charity school, Courts Leet, reading room and a shipping office.
andrew blakey | Newcastle Skyline

Newcastle Skyline

A view from Newcastle castles keep across the skyline of Newcastle
andrew blakey | Newcastle Central Arcade

Newcastle Central Arcade

The Central Arcade in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, is an elegant Edwardian shopping arcade built in 1906 and designed by Oswald and Son, of Newcastle
andrew blakey | The Tyne Lifeboat

The Tyne Lifeboat

The Tyne Lifeboat, the world's second oldest lifeboat in existence and one of the North East's most important examples of maritime heritage, it is locatedon Pier Parade in South Shields.The lifeboat was built in 1833 and was handed over by the Trustees of the Tyne Lifeboat Institution to South Shields Corporation in 1884. It was placed on public display in the decorative canopy as a permanent reminder of the skill and bravery of the men of the Tyne Lifeboat Institution.
andrew blakey | Old Tyne Bridge Style Reflection

Old Tyne Bridge Style Reflection

it was meant to be sunny with a few showers and I went out to collect a few reflections in the puddles along the quayside, I wasn't expecting snow and hail though
andrew blakey | South Shields volunteer Life Brigade

South Shields volunteer Life Brigade

The South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade (S.S.V.L.B.) was established in January 1866 to help the Coastguard to prevent the loss of life from shipwrecks on the south side of the River Tyne and the coastal area south as far as Whitburn.
andrew blakey | Tommy at Seaham

Tommy at Seaham

11-01 otherwise known as Tommy sits in Seaham, depicts a soldier, mulling his thoughts after the armistice- “Now in the wake of this glorious slaughter, He’d seen many a soul cleansed in filthy water, Seen godless men reach out for the Bible, As lead tore the flesh from both friend and rival, Soon home to the joy and celebration of kin, Drunken slaps on the back at a favourite inn, But heavy in his pocket lies a small piece of card, And the note written on it will break a mother’s heart”.
andrew blakey | Tyne Bridge Walkway

Tyne Bridge Walkway

Long exposue looking over the Tyne Bridge
andrew blakey | Brick Merchants house,whitburn

Brick Merchants house,whitburn

this ornate house on church lane in whitburn was apparently built by a brich merhant in order to show off his work, the finnials are a cricket ball and a stump
andrew blakey | Tommy at Seaham

Tommy at Seaham

11-01 otherwise known as Tommy sits in Seaham, depicts a soldier, mulling his thoughts after the armistice- “Now in the wake of this glorious slaughter, He’d seen many a soul cleansed in filthy water, Seen godless men reach out for the Bible, As lead tore the flesh from both friend and rival, Soon home to the joy and celebration of kin, Drunken slaps on the back at a favourite inn, But heavy in his pocket lies a small piece of card, And the note written on it will break a mother’s heart”.
andrew blakey | Granger town

Granger town

Grainger Town is one of the dazzling jewels in our crown, with classical architecture designed in the 1830s by the internationally renowned Richard Grainger. Grainger Town is the historic heart of Newcastle upon Tyne and includes Grainger Market, Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Grainger Street and Clayton Street. 40% of buildings in the area are listed as being of historical and architectural importance. The focal point of Grainger Town is Grey's Monument, erected in 1838 to commemorate the Reform Act of 1832, drafted during Earl Grey's time as Prime Minister.
andrew blakey | the Brothers, Seaham

the Brothers, Seaham

The sculpture unveiled in 2011, is of three miners waiting to go down the pit and each figure represents one of the three mines of Seaham, Dawdon and Vane Tempest.
andrew blakey | Sunset on the quayside

Sunset on the quayside

it was sunny in the morning and I thought it would be good to try a sunset down the quayside maybe a bit too much cloud about
andrew blakey | Newcastle Sky Lane

Newcastle Sky Lane

the thin alleyway that leads from the Monument to the Tyneside Cinema, the lane turned mono and the sky color popped
andrew blakey | Down the Tyne

Down the Tyne

looking off newcastle swing bridge down river at the tyne ane millenium bridge
andrew blakey | Swing Bridge

Swing Bridge

The Swing Bridge was built by the River Tyne Commission, under powers conferred by the Tyne Improvement Act of 1861, as part of their overall plan to improve navigation and expand trade by opening the upper reaches of the river to larger vessels. Work on the bridge began in 1873 and it was designed and constructed by Sir W.G. Armstrong and Company Limited of Elswick. It was first used for road traffic on the 15th June 1876 and opened for river traffic on the 17th July 1876. The Swing Bridge is the fourth bridge to have been built on the same site over the Tyne at Newcastle. The first, constructed of wood and stone in c120 A.D. by the Emperor Hadrian, was known as Pons Aelii, Aelius being the patronymic of the Emperor. This bridge stood until 1248 when it was destroyed by a fire, that also destroyed a great part of the town.
andrew blakey | Northumberland Street, Newcastle

Northumberland Street, Newcastle

Northumberland street in mono with a splash of colour in the sky
andrew blakey | Souter Ligthouse

Souter Ligthouse

Souter Lighthouse, with its dramatic red and white hoops, is an iconic landmark on the North East coast and the first in the world to be purpose built for electricity.
andrew blakey | God of the Tyne

God of the Tyne

Commissioned for the new Civic Centre the 'River God Tyne' is one of the eight rivers represented on the sculptures on the front of Somerset House, London dating from 1786. The original mask was surmounted by a basket of coals surrounded by a variety of motifs and emblems symbolising different trades peculiar to the Tyne Valley. It portrays the river God in human form, a fountain within his outstretched hand coursing a constant stream of water along the tortured and twisted torso of the aquatic diety.
andrew blakey | saltwell Park

saltwell Park

The central section comprises Saltwell Towers and its grounds and is some 17 acres (6.9 ha) in total area.[8] Saltwell Towers is located in the middle of the central section of the park and it is surrounded to the south by its accompanying walls, walkways and ha-ha. An enclosed rose garden lies to the east of the building and to the west there is a maze and a dene through which a stream runs into a lily-pond at an entrance to the park at Saltwell Road South. The approach from the southern section is a large grassed area replete with paths which wind towards a footbridge to the Towers, which is used for general leisure activities and picnicking and is home to a stone-built war memorial. The entrance to the footbridge is the site of a bronze war memorial which sits in the centre of a roundabout surrounded by bedding flowers.[14] The footbridge was built in 2003 and is also a war memorial.
andrew blakey | Curves on the Quayside

Curves on the Quayside

the numerous curves lead your eyes around this picture of the river tyne the sage gateshead and the curves of ther iconic tyne bridge
andrew blakey | The National Centre for the written word,south Shields

The National Centre for the written word,south Shields

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word is South Tyneside’s new state-of-the-art cultural venue, situated in the heart of South Shields and is brimming with exciting new experiences, activities and facilities for people of all ages to enjoy.
andrew blakey | Swinging sunset

Swinging sunset

sunset along the river Tyne as the sun retreats over the tyne
andrew blakey | Infinity Bridge ,stockton

Infinity Bridge ,stockton

The Infinity Bridge is a public pedestrian and cycle footbridge across the River Tees in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees in the north-east of England. The bridge is situated one kilometre downriver of Stockton town centre, between the Princess of Wales Bridge and the Tees Barrage and it links the Teesdale Business Park and the University of Durham's Queen's Campus in Thornaby-on-Tees on the south bank of the Tees with the Tees Valley Regeneration's £320 million North Shore development on the north bank
andrew blakey | Infinity bridge

Infinity bridge

The Infinity Bridge is a public pedestrian and cycle footbridge across the River Tees in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees in the north-east of England. The bridge is situated one kilometre downriver of Stockton town centre, between the Princess of Wales Bridge and the Tees Barrage and it links the Teesdale Business Park and the University of Durham's Queen's Campus in Thornaby-on-Tees on the south bank of the Tees with the Tees Valley Regeneration's £320 million North Shore development on the north bank
andrew blakey | Up the tyne

Up the tyne

looking up the tyne on the newcastle side at the bridges and gateshead side of the quayside
andrew blakey | Conversation Piece

Conversation Piece

coversation piece is a group of figures that where designed to start a converation amongst passers by, this is processed in the style of a water color