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, and restaurants.
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
The Train Station
is situated in the town centre, close to
Christ Church, one third of a mile walk to
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 Middleton Grange
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
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
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 few hours.
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
Borough 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
The Hall and Square in front, are quite
impressive, looking as if they are from a
much larger town or city.
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
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 football.
The image bottom is of the Hartlepool
Monkey at the Headland, across the road from
the Andy Capp statue.
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 1805.
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
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 the top.