Friday, May 11, 2012

A lovely day at Saltburn-by-the-Sea

On Wednesday David's cousin Tony and his wife Pauline took us to see Kirkleatham Museum near Redcar and gave us a personalized tour of Saltburn.
Kirkleatham Museum
This is the very good local museum for the Redcar/Cleveland area, which has tons of great exhibits, especially one for the burial hoard of a Saxon princess.  It's housed in a beautiful 1709 Queen Anne building that was built originally as a school.  (Everywhere I go this trip I seem to visit William and Mary/Queen Anne buildings built of red brick with stone quoins :))  David took some wonderful detail photos of the quoins and bricks for me to use as reference photos.

Second panel of the Saltburn Mosaic
Then we drove to Saltburn where Tony and Pauline gave us some background information about the wonderful murals that their son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Helen, created to mark the 150th anniversary of Saltburn's founding.  (It's hard to pick a favourite, but if I had to, I'd choose the panel in the photo above. I can't resist the sheer beauty of that donkey :))

We headed to the Marine Parade for a great view of Saltburn Pier, and then I took the Cliff Lift (or funicular) down to the lower promenade:

Pauline and I hit the arcade and played the penny fall machines until the men showed up for our walk on the pier.

The colourful things on the right hand railing of the pier are seriously adorable little knitted Olympic athletes!

Hollywood glam -- not your typical chippie

Then dear Tony and Pauline took us out for the best fish and chips I've ever had in England at the Seaview Restaurant by the pier.  This restaurant has the most incredibly glam decor -- it's all white and leather and silver and very Hollywood :)

A wonderful day, all thanks to Tony and Pauline Mosey!

1 comment:

  1. I love the round windows at the Kirkleatham Museum.. very cool.


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