The Marsden Grotto, South Shields

Marsden Rock is a rock formation in Tyne and Wear, North East England, situated in Marsden, South Shields. It is owned by the National Trust and overlooked by the Marsden Grotto. It is reachable on foot during low tide, but is completely surrounded by water at high tide.The rock is a 100ft sea stack of periclase and Magnesian Limestone which lies approximately 100yd off the main cliff face. In 1803 a flight of steps was constructed up the side of the rock. In 1903 several choirs climbed onto the rock to perform a choral service. A juggling show was also performed by a group of trainee clowns who worked for Marsden Quarry.In 1911 a large section of the rock collapsed into the sea leaving it as an arch. Continued tidal erosion caused the arch to collapse in 1998, splitting the rock into two separate stacks. Prior to this it had featured on many local postcards and photographs. In 1997 the smaller stack was declared unsafe and was demolished in the interests of public safety.The rock is home to seabird colonies, with thousands of pairs of black-legged kittiwakes, fulmars, gulls and cormorants.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Last visited The Marsden Grotto many moons ago. We were back up North and heard the Grotto was under new management so decided to head here for a drink and if the menu appealed, stay for a meal. Weath...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Used to love drinking in this amazing pub in the late '1980s' and 90s' when Vaux Brewery had it it was always a good crowd of locals in alongside walkers etc and it was expensive and even when Tavisto...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    long walk down the cliff face lovely beach and the sea goes out far enough for u to walk around this used to be better when was 2 pillars with the arch till they had to blow up one because of safety r...  more »

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