Whitley Bay War Memorial and Spanish City Dome

  • Description

    "The original Spanish City Fairground http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_City opened in May 1908 and in 1909, the Whitley Pleasure Gardens Company began extending the site into a larger pleasure gardens attraction. Additions included the iconic dome of the Spanish City which measured 73 feet in height and 52 feet in diameter; second in size only to the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. During the Second World War, Spanish City closed down but, as one of the most iconic features on the North East coast, steps were taken to camouflage it from aerial attacks. The Spanish City Amusement Park continued to be a major attraction after the war and was immortalised in the Dire Straits song “Tunnel of Love” but its demolition was announced in 1999. The Dome building, which is Grade II-listed (English Heritage Building ID: 303431 http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-303431-spanish-city- British Listed Buildings) was bought by North Tyneside Council; significant structural and restoration works are being carried out to bring the building back to its former glory (http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/spanish-city-dome-brought-life-6783110 The Journal)" Photo by David Dixon, 2014.
  • Owner

    David Dixon
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Link: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4044473
    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 5 years, 6 months ago
    Viewed: 509 times
    Picture Taken: 2014-06-23
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