"My Haul" Seaham Beach Sea Glass - July 2011 Sea Glass Photo Contest
by Lynn Briggs
My Haul From Seaham Beach!
~ by Lynn Briggs - Darlington, England
Photo taken at my home in Darlington after we had been to Seaham Beach in Seaham, County Durham, United Kingdom, on July 11th, 2011.
I washed my glass when I came home, and then separated it into colors.
The weather was very overcast and cool that day which made it a perfect day to look for sea glass. This was my first time picking up sea glass and I thoroughly enjoyed myself!!
My camera is a Kodak C140 EasyShare digital camera.
~ by Lynn Briggs
Map of Seaham Beach, England
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2011 - Seaham beach is one of the best beaches known to man for finding sea glass.
Why? There must have been a glass factory near the beach in past times. Much multicolored sea glass has been found on the beach below the cliffs and beautifully rounded and frosted unusual colors continue to be found.
However, the history of where the glass came from is (to me) shrouded in mystery.
A brief research of web sites about Seaham showed absolutely no mention of a glass factory.
That being said, there is a long history of glass making nearby. Sunderland, about 10 miles to the north of Seaham, was one of the first areas in England to produce glass.
Around 674, an Anglo-Saxon nobleman named Benedict Biscop built a monastery there, during which time he hired some glass-makers from France. Apparently, they either remained in the area or taught local craftsmen the art of glazing.
Later, several different glass industries arose in the area, including bottle-making and glassware.
~ added by David (chief office boy) at Odyssey Sea Glass