Thursday : Lingering look at Windows- 23

You'll have to excuse these windows for not being very clean.  I'll have a word with the bosun.

Not too clean, these windows?  I’ll have a word with the ship’s bosun.

When I was a little girl, our town had docklands.  I remember being fascinated by the chain bridges that linked them all together.   I would walk with care over the wooden boards, water on either side of me.  Then we were no longer competitive at the shipbuilding game, and a wealth of skills were laid to waste.  Years passed, with the town in decline.  Still, we can be tenacious in this north eastern corner of England.

A happy ending, of sorts, is on display every day at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, our recreation of an 18th Century seaport.  The website incorporates a brief history of Hartlepool, and details of HMS Trincomalee, restored locally and the only British warship still afloat.

Come and gaze with me into the windows of an 18th Century seaport.

Let's walk round the quay together. I love this reflected windows shot.

Let’s walk round the quay together. I like this reflected windows shot.

The tailors first- you've got HMS Trincomalee too, of course

The tailor’s first- got to be suitably attired. (and HMS Trincomalee, clearly reflected! )

The swordsmith's- do take care in here!

The swordsmith’s- they’re pretty sharp in there!

Wax figures?  A strange one this.

Wax figures? A little strange, this one.

Shadrach Moggridge- a fine name for a Chandler

Shadrach Moggridge- a fine name for a chandler!

The upstairs window looks good too

The upstairs window looks good too.

All very useful!

So many useful things!

A gunmakers, naturally!

A gunmaker’s, with shot, naturally!

The printer's- useful again!

The printer’s- useful again!

Head in hands- he must have got it wrong! (best yet reflection of the Trinc?)

Head in hands- he must have got it wrong! (best yet reflection of the Trinc?)

Turn around. There she is, HMS Trincomalee.

Turn around, and there she is, HMS Trincomalee.

The windows look a little cleaner from the outside. :)

Those windows look a little cleaner from the outside.

Hope you enjoyed my tour.  Come up and see us sometime.  It really is quite fascinating inside the shops.  I think I put my time to good use at Sunday’s visit to the Steampunk event.

Dawn, I hope you approve my choice of windows?   Many thanks for hosting Thursday : Lingering look at Windows.  I enjoy exploring your world too.


  1. You were right in your assumption that I would love it :D. Thank you so much for leading me to it, Jo. I love the reflections in the windows even when they are dirty 😉 :D. Happy to be on your blog as always. *hug*


    1. I didn’t pick up a duster and start cleaning, Paula. I could see out so long as I pressed my nose up against the window- that’s good enough for me. 🙂
      Many thanks for your time. Off to finish my black n white for this week. 🙂


  2. An ingenious treatment of a window post Jo! Love all those reflections! And the background story too. Did you know Trincomalee is a Tamil (the local language of the city I live in) word meaning ‘Sacred Eastern Hill’ for a town in Sri Lanka?


    1. I knew there was an Indian connection, Madhu, and I believe the ship was over there at some point. I keep meaning to Google it (if you saw Lorna’s comment above yours) but I didn’t know the translation. That’s so nice. I will go to Google immediately. I should have included it as a link.
      Many thanks for spending so much time with me today, Madhu. I know it’s very precious. 🙂


    1. I know I should have all the facts and figures to hand as a tour guide, Lorna, but I can’t help in this instance. I know there’s an Indian connection as we had the crew of Dewarucci here with the Tall Ships in 2010. Irish- not so sure. Worth a Google. 🙂


  3. Seeing an 18th century seaport through the windows and reflections is a novel idea and I love all the different shapes. I do have to wonder which lucky person gets the job of cleaning all that glass 🙂


  4. Although I’d love to see this in person, I enjoyed the trip through your eyes and lens. I particularly like the reflections of the ships you caught in some of the windows.



      1. One of the great things about the internet is being able to “meet” so many lovely people and see places I can’t go at the time…or may never be able to see.


  5. These are beautiful captures! Is this a continuation of Thursday’s windows? A challenge? Can we participate, too? I have a thing for doors and windows and love shooting them. If it is, please let me know. Again Congrats on the great photos.
    XO, Doris. 🙂


    1. Apologies for not making it clearer, Doris! If you click on the Thursday : Lingering look at Windows link at the end of my post it will take you to the challenge on the Lingering Visions website. I only found it a few weeks ago. Enjoy, and thanks! 🙂


      1. Thanks for telling me. I’ve been searching for this challenge and now I have a possibility of finding it (i’m not that smart around this blog world yet, but I’ll figure it out)!
        Going to search!!! 🙂


  6. sono ancora tornata per ammirare i tuoi sogni sul vetro, ed anche per augurarti un buon primo giorno dell’estate

    I’m still back to admire your dreams on the glass, and also to wish you a happy first day of summer


  7. Being a Pisces and from Hull I may have sea water in my veins. I loved this walk back in time around the old 18th century port The city fathers have done Hartlepool proud. You have captured the atmosphere, loved all the reflections and the Trincomalee, WOW, no wonder the British ruled the waves back then… 🙂


    1. You have me standing to attention, singing “Rule Britania” this morning! (after a quick chorus of “Let’s go a-roving”) I think Hull tried to revitalise with a new marina, but I’ve not yet been, Pomme. 🙂


      1. Yes I went over for a visit in 1990 and all the decrepit old warehouses had been changed to trendy inner city apartments and a very impressive shopping centre had been built out over the old fish dock area with a swish new marina, not a whiff of cod or halibut any where…


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