Photography is very much a hobby of mine these days. I never really took it seriously until I returned to the UK in 2007 after a 14 year holiday in Spain. As the page title suggests it is not just photographs of Hartlepool featured here but in and around the north east in general.

On a visit to Horden I couldn't help noticing St. Mary's Church on Blackhills Road and decided to stop and take a few photographs. It is Grade II listed and you can read more about it on the Historic England website.

The 21,000 ton Norwegian offshore support vessel "Edda Freya" leaving Hartlepool at dusk on Thursday, March 16th. She certainly looked an impressive site as she headed out into the North Sea.

The Scottish beam trawler "King Challenger" (BA 87) sailing down the channel leaving Hartlepool. She is registered at Ballantrae and from Kirkcudbright.

A rare sight indeed. The lock gates in Hartlepool Marina had been closed for essential maintenance which took about 17 days to complete. It had been more than 20 years since this type of work had been carried out and the cost was estimated to be around £80,000.

The high winds and stormy seas certainly brought the photographers out in force during mid-January and, as always, the New Pier - Heugh Breakwater - in old Hartlepool is a good place to be if you keep a safe distance!

This cold spell we are having at the moment certainly wants you to wrap up and keep warm. Someone obviously thought the same for poor old Andy Capp, in Croft Terrace, on the seafront in old Hartlepool, by providing him with a suitable scarf!

St. Hilda's Church was wonderfully lit up in various colours as part of the Wintertide Festival which took place for three days from Friday, November 25th to Sunday, November 27th. Be sure to see other images from the festival on my Night Photography page.

This wonderful sculpture of a brick train can be seen just off the A66 near Darlington. It was was commissioned and created by David Mach in 1997. The train is based on "Mallard" the Sir Nigel Gresley designed A4 pacific locomotive and was constructed using 185,000 bricks. Funding was provided by the National Lottery, Morrisons Supermarkets, Northern Arts, The Department of National Heritage and Darlington Borough Council. For those of you wanting to see it, it is quite close to Morton Park Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Darlington.

I had another spell at night photography on September 6th when I took a friend, from Washington in Tyne & Wear, to certain sites in town that he might enjoy seeing. Jackson's Wharf public house and restaurant was one of the many places we visited - to take pictures not to eat and drink!

I'm sure many people in Hartlepool will have seen this plane in the grounds of the College of Further Education in Stockton Street. It is an ex-RAF Jet Provost T5 XW405, which arrived in town from storage on June 20th, 2012 and, over several months, was fully stripped, repainted and rebuilt by students and staff to restore it to this excellent external display condition. Photograph © copyright Stan Laundon.

A surprise visitor to Hartlepool on Thursday, August 18th was the Tall Ship "Shtandart" from Russia which berthed at the Fish Quay. She took part in the North Sea Tall Ships’ Regatta at Blyth between August 26th and August 29th but stopped off in port before continuing her journey - first of all to Edinburgh and then on to Blyth.

This piece of wall art has certainly created a lot of interest in old Hartlepool. Someone has either painted this - or stencilled it - on a wall along the promenade in old Hartlepool. Many people have been down taking photographs.

"HMS Trincomalee" which is berthed at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool. She is the oldest British warship still afloat. With its towering structure and thundering cannons, is a perfect tribute to Hartlepool's seafaring tradition. Built in Bombay, India in 1817, the Trincomalee was brought to Hartlepool in 1987, where it has taken over 10 years to restore the ship to her former glory.

The A3 60103 "Flying Scotsman" hauling "The Tynesider" excursion through Ferryhill on June 11th, 2016. You can see more photos of this classic engine on my "Flying Scotsman" page.

I couldn't resist taking this photograph of a male Eider Duck as it stood on a groyne near the Town Wall as the tide came in. You can read more about this species on the RSPB website and also see it in a slightly larger size by clicking on the image.

The Morison Hall was once a grand old building that was used by the Boys' Brigade for their meetings and band practice and also for functions and socials. As you see it now, with this photograph taken during mid-April 2016, and after the local council approved planning application, it has been turned into luxury flats. The Morison Hall was actually built as a Methodist Church. It became a Boy's Brigade hall when they took the building over which gave its name from their founder Dr. Bertie Morison. There's more about the building on our Old Hartlepool page.

When I was on the fish quay recently to take a few photographs of various vessels, this seal caught my attention as I stood on the quayside. The ships just had to wait as I took a few photographs of this lovely creature before she dived out of sight. You can view it in a slightly larger size by clicking on the image.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel on the corner of Middlegate and Durham Street in Hartlepool.

Two scenic views of the ancient Town Wall in old Hartlepool as seen in an episode of the BBC Television drama series of "George Gently". Click on the images to view them in a larger size.

Ship Inn Wellington Inn

Two wonderful public houses just on the outskirts of Hartlepool - The Ship Inn and The Wellington Inn both in the village of Wolviston.

Just one of several impressive and artistic sculptures on the sea front at Redcar. This is Sinterlation by Ian Randall. It was installed during April 2013 as part of the redevelopment of Redcar seafront. The large steel chains represent the local iron and steelmaking industry. Sinter is a mixture of coke, iron ore and limestone and used to feed blast furnaces also described as an agglomerated product of a size and strength suitable for blast furnace charging.

Redcar Beacon, also known as the 'Vertical Pier" was opened to the public during March 2013. The tower, which cost £1.6m did attract criticism from some residents who had favoured a horizontal, rather than a vertical, pier. There's another view of the pier in the right hand column.

Although I'm not a big fan of using a mobile phone to take photographs it was all I had with me when I spotted this little squirrel in a friend's garden.

A wonderful setting this is - and for those who don't know where it is it's the Blue Bell public house and restaurant on the banks of the River Tees in Yarm.

Another one from Yarm and I do like this view of the bridges with a nice reflection in the River Tees. Both bridges are Grade II listed. The lower one carries the main road in and out of the village and, in the distance, the railway viaduct.

The Hospital of God at Greatham, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, certainly attracts a lot of photographers. It is a Grade II listed building and is used as apartments for the elderly.

The ancient church of St. Mary Magdalene in Hart Village. The church, which was built in AD 675 with evidence going back to Saxon Times, is one of the earliest known Christian buildings in the North East of England.

This impressive metal sculpture of the soldier Tommy can be seen near the War Memorial at Seaham in County Durham. It was created by Ray Lonsdale and £85,000 was raised to keep him at the seaside town for the next 150 years!

The East and West Lodges at the entrance to Tunstall Court, near Ward Jackson Park in Grange Road. The buildings are Grade II Listed and built around 1890 - possibly by T. Lewis Banks, of London, according to the British Listed Buildings website. Both lodges are now private dwellings.

When I was out and about taking photographs imagine my surprise when I came across part of the old West Hartlepool which is still very much there. In fact, what I should correctly say is "Old Town". I wonder how many people reading this, of a certain age, will remember the two tunnels that went beneath the railways lines at the bottom of Church Street? One went to the docks and the other to part of West Hartlepool called Old Town. Well, I couldn't believe it when I discovered that part of the bridge, which went into Old Town, is still there. It's at the rear of a car sales' business in Mainsforth Terrace and, although it's easy to see if you know where to look, it's not that easy to photograph. So, being the inquisitive person I am, I decided to ask a few questions and managed to get a few acceptable images along the way - as well as a cut leg!

Spotted on a green in the village of Greatham is this wonderful carving on a Sheaf Sower. The gardens and flowers are pretty, too, and credit to those who care for them.

Any stormy weather across our country can often cause widespread devastation with flooding, structural damage and powers cuts. I don't venture out to photograph fallen trees or such like, but I did catch this wave at the Heugh Breakwater (New Pier) in Hartlepool in the late afternoon sun.

As the sun was almost setting I took this photograph of the Town Wall in old Hartlepool from the Banjo Pier in, what used to be, Middleton. It shows the Grade II listed buildings, the Abbey Church of St. Hilda and, towering above the buildings on the left, the spire of the Borough Hall.

Durham Castle always looks impressive at night. This part of the old building is used as accommodation for students attending Durham University. The building took on an important new look during 2013 with up-to-date lighting being installed after the completion of a £600,000 project. Both the castle and cathedral can be seen in a whole new light. Durham County Council paid for the system which illuminates the buildings and form Durham’s World Heritage Site.

I couldn't let this lovely creature fly away from my front garden without getting a shot. I'm not really up on the names of butterflies but I'm reliably informed that this is a Small Tortoiseshell. I did initially think it might have been a Painted Lady but I have been corrected by someone who knows better than me!

I do hope you enjoy seeing this slideshow of the Infinity Bridge which spans the River Tees in Stockton, England. The bridge, which is very picturesque at night, is a major part of the North Shore Development in Stockton. This iconic structure, named Infinity Bridge in September 2008 links the North Shore development and the Teesdale area. I first visited this location in April 2010 and have made several visits since then. Believe it or not I always find different angles to shoot. Photographs © Stan Laundon.

At nightime or during the day - or even at sunset - the Infinity Bridge, which spans the River Tees, is always a picturesque sight to see.

The Lodge - formerly listed as the Church Lodge in Castle Eden, County Durham. It was the former gate lodge to the Castle Eden Estate. It is dated late 19th Century with later additions in 1928. It is also a Grade II Listed building.

Stan Laundon - Photograph © Larry Drummond.

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