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EPW010606 ENGLAND (1924). 
Gray's Dockyard and environs, Hartlepool, 1924


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    Details

    Title [EPW010606] Gray's Dockyard and environs, Hartlepool, 1924
    Reference EPW010606
    Date 14 June 1924
    Place name HARTLEPOOL
    Parish
    District
    Region
    Country ENGLAND
    Easting / Northing 451191,  533035
    Longitude / Latitude -1.2057799204714,  54.689644055805
    National Grid Reference NZ512330
    Image size (px)
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    Pins (17)

     North Basin (1880) leading into Old Harbour and Victoria Dock at (Old) Hartlepool.

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    John Swain
    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:43:16 AM
     The Timber Ponds, opened in 1856 and extended in 1880.

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    John Swain
    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:41:24 AM
     Massive warehouses which now form the Historic Quay

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:39:43 AM
     The sandy beach formed between the North Pier of West Harbour and the jetty guarding the southern entrance to Old Harbour.

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:37:00 AM
     Coal Dock and West Harbour opened in 1847

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:31:56 AM
     Hartlepool Engineering Works at Middleton

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:30:30 AM
     Central Dock 1880

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:29:25 AM
     Swing Bridge

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:28:29 AM
     Middleton Road

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:27:12 AM
     Union Dock 1880

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:26:20 AM
     Jackson Dock 1852

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:25:10 AM
     The Graving Docks and Shipbuilding Yards of William Gray & Co. Ltd., where modern ship construction took place from the wooden ships of the 1830s to the iron and steel products from the mid-Victorian era until the yards closed in 1961.

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:24:02 AM
     Railway sidings of the North Eastern Railway, Hartlepool & West Hartlepool Line.

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:20:30 AM
     Clarence Road

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:18:42 AM
     Extensive Timber Yards

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:16:35 AM
      Timber Dock 1856

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:15:43 AM
     Swainson Dock opened in 1856

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    Thursday 13th of June 2013 09:14:38 AM

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    User Comment Contributions

    Hartlepool is a classic example of a town which has been transformed, as it has undergone a remarkable revival since 1945. In particular, a whole series of public and private sector investments has seen the old port and heavy manufacturing centre change beyond recognition over the last thirty years.

    John Swain
    Friday 28th of June 2013 08:53:00 AM
    In 1914 West Hartlepool was at the height of its prosperity. A product of mid-Victorian times, the town grew rapidly to become a major coal port, steel and shipbuilding centre. 42 shipping companies were based in the Hartlepools, owning 235 ships between them. Half a century later and most, if not all, of these activities had disappeared, to be replaced with an emphasis upon leisure and tourism, particularly in the last 30 years.

    John Swain
    Monday 17th of June 2013 11:50:51 AM
    In 1914 West Hartlepool was at the height of its prosperity. A product of mid-Victorian times, the town grew rapidly to become a major coal port, steel and shipbuilding centre. 42 shipping companies were based in the Hartlepools, owning 235 ships between them. Half a century later and most, if not all, of these activities had disappeared, to be replaced with an emphasis upon leisure and tourism, particularly in the last 30 years.

    John Swain
    Monday 17th of June 2013 11:48:43 AM
    A splendid photograph taken when both Hartlepools, Old and West, were famous for coal shipments and for producing a wide range of shipping. A decade before this picture was taken, the port installations attracted the attention of German gunners from ships in Hartlepool Bay and considerable damage was inflicted.



    The scene is very different almost 90 years later, as most of the docks/shipyards have been closed or filled in, and the emphasis is now on leisure and tourism based around the Historic Quay/Marina.

    John Swain
    Thursday 13th of June 2013 10:14:45 AM
    This view, looking north-east, was taken during the heyday of Hartlepool's maritime tradition of coal exports and marine engineering. By 1862 the harbour at West Hartlepool comprised of 44 acres, mostly of deep water docks, which could accommodate vessels of increasing tonnage, so that the port became one of the leading exporters of coal and coke in the region.After the peak years of the 1920s, a steady decline set in until the final shipment took place in 1971. The last ship to be built at Wm.Gray's was a decade earlier, in 1961.



    Today, the scene is very different, as the emphasis has been placed on retail, leisure and tourism. Swainson Dock was filled in by 1968, two of the former docks, Coal and Union, have been converted into a 400-berth marina, and an impressive Historic Quay has been established on the west side of Jackson Dock in the last 20 years. "Welcome to the North East's Premier Maritime Attraction: Hartlepool's Maritime Experience, Home of the 1817 HMS Trincomalee!"

    John Swain
    Thursday 13th of June 2013 10:00:25 AM