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Elephant Rock

This was an elephant-shaped limestone rock formation and former prominent landmark at Hartlepool. It was formed by a combination of coastal erosion and limestone quarrying. Following a storm in 1891 much of Elephant Rock collapsed into the sea, the stumps can still be seen. Ironically it collapsed just one day before a circus brought Hartlepool's first real elephant into town.[1]

Hartlepool Headland 1891
from Hartlepool Museum (flickr)
Elephant Rock

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from Sunderland Public Libraries (flickr)
Elephant Rock Hartlepool 1860

Pinned by Pat Thomson
Hartlepool's 'Elephant Rock' brought back to life at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
- Gazette Live, 13th January 2016. "Artist Keith McIntyre reimagines giant rock formation which once stood guard over the Teesside coast...."

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Peter Smith


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