Hartlepool is a fairly large town
situated on the northeast coast of
England, 30 miles south of Newcastle. The town is in three
sections, the Headland / Old Town, West
Hartlepool, and large Marina that has
been developed with apartments, shops,
The Maritime Experience at the Marina is the
top attraction in the area, along with the many
restaurants around the marina. Other top
attractions are Andy Capp and the Hartlepool
The Train Station
is situated in the town centre, close to Christ
Church, one third of a mile walk to the
The image top is of Christ Church
in Hartlepool centre, the most notable building
that can be seen from miles around. The church
was completed in 1854 and converted to an art
gallery in 1996. The church is in the centre of
West Hartlepool, on Church Street. Large Image.
The image second top is of the Grand Hotel
situated a short walk up Victoria Road from
Christ Church. The hotel opened in 1899 as a
The image third top is of the War Memorial
on Victoria Street, in Victoria Square. The
memorial was complated in the 1920s. The square
and memorial are impresive for a town of this
size, makes you feel like you are in a large
city. Next to the memorial is the large
Shopping Centre .
The image fourth top is of the Hartlepool Maritime Experience
and Museum at the Marina, a short walk from
West Hartlepool. This is one of the top
attractions in the northeast of England, with
the HMS Trincomalee being the top attraction.
This is the oldest British warship still
afloat, built at Bombay, India in 1817.
The museum also has a number of buildings
known as the The Historic Quayside, showing
what life was like in the 1700s and 1800s.
Also at the mueum is a restored paddle
steamer built in 1934 as a River Humber steamer
named P.S.S. Wingfield
Castle. She was operated as a Humber ferry
from 1934 until the 7,280ft long Humber Bridge
was opened 1974.
The image right is of the Monkey at
Hartlepool Marina. The Marina has been
developed from the early 2000s with hundreds of
marina view apartments, shops and a large range
of restaurants, a real scenic place to spend a
There are a number of boats for Sea Fishing
Charters based at the marina.
The image right is of the Old Town Walls at
the Headland area with a small sandy beach,
known as the Fish Sands, where fishermen sold
their catches. This is the area where the tail
of the monkey took place.
Hall is situated next to the walls. The
Hall was built in 1865, now used for events
such as the annual Horticultural Show, Heritage
Festival, Hartlepool Beer Festival, Christmas
Party Nights, and Weddings.
The Hall and Square in front, are quite
impressive, looking as if they are from a much
larger town or city.
Saint Hildas Church is
situated next to the Borough Hall. The earliest
parts of this church are beleived to have been
built in the 1100s.
Close to the church is the Heugh Battery
Museum for large military guns, uniforms
and more. The museum is situated high above the
shoreline where the Heugh Battery was erected
in 1860 to protect the port of Hartlepool.
By the pier in the Headland / Old Town is a
statue of Andy Capp, a
character from a British comic and news papers,
created by cartoonist Reg Smythe.
Andy Capp is a likable rouge from Hartlepool
that avoids working. His main pastimes include
pigeon racing, darts, snooker, and
The image bottom is of the Hartlepool Monkey
at the Headland, across the road from the Andy
Information on this statue states:
In 1953, Ned Conran the Vistorian Balladeer
wrote and performed the popular song " The
Fishermen Hung The Monkey O!" The song is
set during the Napolionic Wars when propeganda
and nationalist fervour gripped the country,
fuelled by the threat of a French Invasion in
At this time the bedraggled monkey, complete
with red cap, was supposedly washed onto the
Fish Sands. It was seized, questioned and tried
by the townsfolk, as a French spy. The story is
now part of Hartlepools cultural consciousness,
and Hartlepudlians are known across the world
as Monkey Hangers.
There is a good 3 mile walk or drive from
West Hartlepool south to Seaton Carew with a
vast beach all the way.
Seaton Carew is a typical seaside town with
many cafes, restaurants, amusements, and ice
cream shops. See the Beaches South Side link at