Mill Dam Windows Improvements Complete
Riverside businesses and residents in South Shields now have a new window on the world thanks to work to improve an historic feature.
The red brick wall, in the Mill Dam conversation area, was originally the façade of the 19th century Staithes House, which was built to house the washing and locker facilities for Harton Low Staithes' engine drivers and coal handlers.
When the building was demolished, the front elevation was retained, however the seven windows and door were bricked up.
Specialist contractors Historic Property Restoration have removed four of the bricked-up windows and replaced them with decorative unglazed sash frames.
Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said; "Businesses in the area were really keen for this to happen to help open up and improve views down to the river.
"This is a very distinctive feature in the Mill Dam area, with its embellished brick façade illustrating the wealth of its original owner.
"I'm pleased that we have been able to improve this important part of our heritage."
John Thomas, owner of the River View pub and kitchen, said: "It's a fantastic improvement and much-needed investment in the Mill Dam area.
"We're hoping to be able to put a glazed conservatory on our roof so the views down to the river will be more important than ever."