Amble and District
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 Photo Gallery.
Out and about in Amble, Northumberland and surrounding villages, coast and river. Photos of anything and everything!
Bricks & Brickworks (sub-gallery) Wrecks on the mudflats of the Coquet estuary. (sub-gallery) Shilbottle Lime Kiln
Coquet Island
Amble Inshore Lifeboat
rescues the Pizza Man
The late lamented Freddie the dolphin Amble Greasy Pole (70s?) An old bell pit at Amble, possibly working the Northumberland Low Main ( aka Brass Thill ) or the Plessey seam which are close to the surface here.
Amble 7th Sept 2010 2.45pm - half an hour before high tide (5.1m). Large wave striking the South Breakwater producing a 50 foot upward jet. (note the audience on the pier to the left) Now you see you don't.  No one fishing from the end of the South Pier today?....... Warkworth Warkworth Hermitage (part of)
Abigail H dredging at Amble 2007. This vessel sank in Heysham Harbour not long after this. Both piers at Amble and Coquet Island, same shot. 2010 Red Row Vintage Rally, Druridge Bay Country Park (sub-gallery) Hauxley Chapel
    Warkworth Harbour:
Hauxley Nature Reserve Low Hauxley The rather infamous end of the North pier which failed structurally many decades ago. The original plinth of the north light remains, the light itself being moved a few yards landwards onto a new firmer footing
Warkworth Harbour:
The North pier, view from the end looking landward. Photographed on a cool autumn day. Warkworth castle extreme right. The reinforcements on the north side, consisting of many thousands of tonnes of  dolerite (whin sill) blocks were added in 1984. The Braid from Gloster Hill with the harbour beyond, photographed about 1982. No Marina yet, construction of which began in 1986. Disused North Jetty at low tide. South Breakwater, 2.30pm, 6th Sept 2010.
High tide (4.9 m), south easterly,
winds 30 mph with 50mph gusts.
The South Breakwater, looking towards the South Pier end. Many vessels have come to grief on this small area of rocks. (see the shipping losses page) Cliff House, originally built for the project manager during the construction of the harbour, later becoming the coast guard station, now a private residence. Piers in the distance. Fishing boat race (2003) Fishing boat race, competitors round the North Breakwater (2003)
The old course of the river Coquet photographed from Amble; Warkworth golf course in the middle distance, which is close to where the river originally entered the sea (through the dunes on the left). This old course still partially fills at high tide. Alnmouth in the distance. Abandoned and for sale: Castle Service Station on the Warkworth road. (2003) now demolished and a row of houses stands here. Kayaking within the safety
 of the south breakwater
Nimrod fishing boat
Provider fishing boat Northumberland miner's
 Safety badge and union badge.
The Turner Street Cinema, Amble, 1995. Closed as a cinema in the 60s, but used as a bingo hall 70s and 80s. Now demolished and currently a parking area. Another view of the Cinema
River Coquet & Warkworth Castle The Dock Public House, Queen Street, Amble. The Waterloo Public House, Queen Street, Amble. The Blue Bell Public House, Albert Street, Amble
Royal British Legion Club (boarded up building on the right) - the war memorial clock is off image to the left. The club was demolished and this area remodelled into the Town Square   Druridge Hamlet Bondicar Point just south of Low Hauxley. This area is a geological SSSI due to the superior exposure of Quaternary glacial tills, peat and blown sand. (Coquet Island to the right.) 
WW2 defensive emplacement or "Pill Box", Druridge Bay. Sea angling from Hauxley beach into the Coquet Roads. Last hour of daylight on a winter's day.
5.9 metres width and 4.7 metres max depth from rear doorway to front face. The concrete is 0.38 metres thick. Buried almost up to the apertures. The whole structure has also rotated down towards the sea. Overall shape is an irregular hexagon with doorway attached to the rear.
Interesting dune beast?
A fine looking Chibburn bull calf.
Some of the back dunes at Druridge Bay are used for cattle.
Holocene Woods.
Amble's ancient forest: Intertidal peat with branches, trunks and roots. 5500 years BC.
Line of WW2 'anti-invasion' concrete block beach obstacles at Druridge Bay. Found in two sizes, 4 foot cubes and 5 foot cubes. this is a line of the 4 foot type More beach obstacles, this time located to the immediate south of the river Aln (near Church Hill) These have been cast around a 1" diameter steel rope
Inspecting a pill box on top of Church Hill, Alnmouth. This one is almost completely buried. Although we did not measure this structure, size and design look exactly the same as the Druridge Bay pill box pictured above. The Victorian mortuary chapel at the south west side of Church Hill, Alnmouth. Another view of the Church Hill mortuary chapel. The roof was deliberately removed by the National Trust to deter squatters. Church Hill mortuary chapel doorway, a Victorian building but the doorway finished in an interesting Norman style.
A view south across the whole of Druridge Bay. Water from the Bondicar burn in the foreground, Rio Tinto Alcan power station (left) and the Lynemouth Aluminium smelter in the distance. Low Hauxley View from Gloster Hill to Warkworth across waterlogged and frozen fields. New Year's Day 2010 Gloster Hill, New Year's Day 2010
Christ Church North Broomhill The Trap Inn North Broomhill Morwick mill race inlet/upstream. What remains of Morwick mill
 weir across the Coquet.
Morwick mill race terraced stonework. Helsay Morwick Water Tower.
 Built in 1963.Constructed from reinforced concrete, the Service Reservoir supplies the areas of Morwick, Acklington,
Amble, North Togston, Togston, Broomhill, High Hauxley, Hadston & Widdrington. Capacity: 568m3, depth: 5.49m, normal throughput 200m3 per day. Average storage 68 hours
Broomhill Water Tower/Service Reservoir, built 1955, abandoned in the 1980's.  (also see photo in the old images gallery)
East Cemetery Chapel Spire, Amble Amble Harbour Office Redundant mooring bollard, Warkworth Harbour, Amble. From a bygone era when the vessels using the port were an order of magnitude larger than those of today. New use as traffic bollards. sad....
If they could talk what stories they could tell...
Delaminating weathered sandstone in the cliffs at Wellhaugh Point, Amble Salt Pans, Cliff House and Piers, Amble. Cast Iron Warkworth Harbour Boundary Markers. 'W.H.C' = 'Warkworth Harbour Commissioners'.

Three left; these are now listed and protected, but can you find them??

The Hermitage Inn Warkworth
Warkworth Castle overlooking 'Mill walk' and the Coquet. Rowing boats for hire on the bank. Crossing point and ferry boat for
Warkworth Hermitage
Warkworth Market Cross The Old Warkworth Bridge
Warkworth River rowing boats for hire 'Amble' sign, Warkworth road. Hauxley Hall New Hall Farm Amble
Big swings Aerial slide
Cavil Head, Acklington, now known as "Warkworth Farm Shop". Tea rooms, farm shop and a large kids play area. (Recently converted from derelict farm buildings with a 'One North East' rural development grant.)




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