Postcards from the past offer Christmas cracker of a present

Block Sands - not Black as can be seen on this postcard.
Block Sands - not Black as can be seen on this postcard.

Today we continue to browse through a Christmas cracker of a new book - Hartlepool: The Postcard Collection.

Among the images featured is a classic shot of Hartlepool’s open-air bathing pool; once a major attraction.

Sandwell Gate, with fishing boats pulled safely up the beach.

Sandwell Gate, with fishing boats pulled safely up the beach.

“It opened in 1923 and was extremely popular until its destruction in the great storm of 1953,” said co-author Stan Laundon.

Other images shown include a bustling Church Street, as well as Sandwell Gate - walls designed by Robert Bruce I to defend the town.

Finally, a photo of the Block Sands is featured - although the old postcard has miss-spelled it Black Sands.

“It is the stoney beach to the left of the Pilot’s Pier as you look at the sea,” said Stan.

Church Street in West Hartlepool.

Church Street in West Hartlepool.

* Hartlepool: The Postcard Collection, by Stan Laundon and Paul Chrystal, is published at £14.99 by Amberley Publishing.

The Bathing Pool - destroyed during the great storm of 1953.

The Bathing Pool - destroyed during the great storm of 1953.