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Searchlight Sites in the Newcastle Area:
Sites TT132 (Smuggler's Cave/Cullercoats)
and TT133 (Sharpness Point)


   From Brian Reeds in Cullercoats, we received the following update (8 January 2000):
"Below appear a number of pictures of the Smuggler's Cave (from a distance and close up/inside) and a picture of the area which once housed the searchlight battery on the area known locally as The Boatfield, because the local fishermen parked their boats their for repair work and during bad weather. Sharpness Point is to the south of the beach known as the Long Sands and is very similar to The Boatfield now; that is, grassed over."
   Brian is the Webmaster for the Cullercoats Lifeboat Station. Visit his Photo Gallery for more pictures from Cullercoats. Check back soon for future contributions from Brian.



THE CAVE VIEWED FROM THE BAY HOTEL (20 K)

The cave (on the spit of land in the background) viewed from the Bay Hotel. Click here for photos
showing the Bay Hotel and the area from which this photograph was taken. The roof and tower
of the lifeboat station are slightly left of center just behind the fence in the foreground.




SOUTH PIER AND CAVE (14 K)

Walking along the south pier of Cullercoats Harbor, approaching the Smuggler's Cave.



INSIDE THE CAVE (34 K)

Inside the cave. One wonders of any the Skylighters
ever ventured inside for a quick smoke or some other activity?

SMUGGLER'S CAVE (33 K)

Smuggler's Cave Viewed from the sea, 2000.


SMUGGLER'S CAVE (41 K)

Looking inside the cave, 2000.


SMUGGLER'S CAVE (43 K)

Another entrance to the cave, 2000.




THE BOAT FIELD (24 K)

The Boatfield at Cullercoats, most likely the exact location of the searchlight section.



CULLERCOATS BAY LOOKING SOUTH TO TYNEMOUTH (17 K)

   A recent aerial view of Cullercoats Bay south to Tynemouth, the general vicinity of A Battery's positions designated TT132 and TT133. Site TT132, according to 225th documentation, was located at Smuggler's Cave; TT133 was located at Sharpness. The searchlight positions (see annotated photo below) were probably on the flat, grassy portions of the two points the form the northern and southern ends of the crescent-shaped beach that dominates the upper half of the photo (the lower point being Smuggler's Cave; the upper being Sharpness Point). The photo ( Airfotos Newcastle Upon Tyne) was kindly supplied by David Anderson, who is researching American units stationed in Northern England during WW II.

The maps below illustrate, first, the general location of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; second, the general area of Cullercoats relative to Newcastle (courtesy Expedia Maps); and, third, the specific locations depicted in the photo).
NEWCASTLE AREA LOCATOR MAP (3 K)
General Location of Newcastle.
NEWCASTLE AREA LOCATOR MAP (9 K)
Location of Newcastle in Relation to Other English Cities.

CULLERCOATS AREA LOCATOR MAP (36 K)

TT132 AND TT133 LOCATOR MAP (49 K)

   David describes the photo (see annotated enlargement below for details): "Looking south, Cullercoats Bay is in the foreground with the Tyne further south and just north of that Tynemouth with its ruined priory. The Smuggler's Cave was to the east of the south pier at Cullercoats Bay (not to be confused with the South Pier at Tynemouth at the top of the photograph). I suspect the flat land above the pier was the site of the searchlight position." Webmaster's Note: Sharpness Point is also visible in this photo, and it is likely that the searchlight was positioned on the flat land of the point, with the ruined priory to the right (south) and Long Sands to the left (north).

SITES TT132 AND TT133 (36 K)

Zooming in on Sites TT132 and TT133.


The photo below (click to enlarge) shows Cullercoats in 1940. The open fields above the church (top, just right of center) were developed for housing in the mid-1960s. The Long Sands of Tynemouth topped by the Plaza are visible in the distance at the top of the photograph. Cullercoats Bay, with its distinctive harbor piers, can be seen in the center of the picture. The Marine Radio Station (labeled "Masts" on the map above) stands at the end of Brown's Point. Brown's Bay and the promenade to Whitley Bay occupy the foreground. The spit of land directly above the radio masts, above the south pier on the bay, is where Site TT132 was situated.

CULLERCOATS, 1940 (8 K)

Cullercoats, 1940.


The photo below (click to enlarge) shows Site TT132 as it appears today. The view is looking northeast; the North Sea (referred to as "Hitler's Sea" during WW II) is in the background.

SITE TT132 TODAY (5 K)

Site TT 132 in 1999.


The photo below (click to enlarge) shows the approach (from the south) to Site TT132 as it appears today.

APPROACH TO SITE TT132 TODAY (5 K)

Approaching TT132 from the south, 1999.


The photos below (click to enlarge) shows various locations at Cullercoats as they appear today.

CULLERCOATS SEASIDE HOUSING TODAY (5 K)

Seaside housing development, Cullercoats, 1999.


SEAWALL AT CULLERCOATS TODAY (4 K)

Seawall at Cullercoats, 1999 (view slightly to the northwest).


SEAWALL AT CULLERCOATS TODAY (5 K)

Seawall at Cullercoats, 1999 (view to the south).


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