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Cliffs of Seaham Beach

Cliffs of Seaham Beach

In April, 2010, David (me) from OdysseySeaGlass.com wrote,

"Some have wondered where the sea glass on the famous Seaham beach in England came from.

"Obviously, there was some kind of glass manufacturer because of the variety of colors and blends not normally found on you average beach.

"If some of you who are knowledgeable about sea glass in the Seaham area could weigh in here, that would be really appreciated by all of us.

"Of course, 99% of us will never get there to see for ourselves, but we like to conjecture about it!

seaham beach
photo by Vertigogen

We had a number of excellent and informative responses on several of our pages here at OdysseySeaGlass.

Since we get submissions from our readers, some of whom live near Seaham, and these submissions come in a different times, the information on Seahams history and other information is scattered over several different pages.

Until the time (far in the future), when I can consolidate all these pages and information, you can read through the following submissions.

The original bottle manufacturing done in Seaham area reached its prime under a famous local man, John Candish. Several of his descendants have contributed to the information found in the comment sections on these pages.

I would recommend starting with the comments at the bottom of this page. Read them from the bottom up (oldest is at the bottome).


The following page is also a must-read if you are searching for information on the background of Seaham Glass and its beaches.

Sea Glass UK British Isles Seaham
SeaHam beach North East of England

When reading the comments at the bottom of these pages, you might want to read from the bottom up (oldest comments are at the bottom) in order to make sense of the more recent comments.

Comments for Seaham Beach England Sea Glass

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Jan 12, 2015
Seaham sea glass
by: Reenee

Seaham sea glass was one of the best discoveries we made on a tourist trip from Northern England.

We went back several times and picked up sea glass that we brought home to America.

We are now making jewelry as gift for family.

It definitely is the best sea glass.

May 16, 2014
You Gotta Go
by: marie

My husband and I just came back from Seaham Beach.

We went specifically for the sea glass.

The glass is amazing. We were there for 5 days looking for these beautiful treasures.

We got many mixed colors.

The glass was so tumbled and frosted and the colors were just beautiful.

We were so glad we went it makes the glass we find here pathetic.

Wext stop ..Bermuda lol

May 12, 2014
In need of Help Please!
by: Lynn D.

Hi, trying to reach Paula J who contacted me in Dec. but I could not figure out how to respond.

David, I love this website, but truly wish there was an easy way for members to talk to each other.

I live in MASS., as does Paula . We both want to go to Seaham, but can't seem to reach ea.other on your site. It really is very frustrating.

Can you please help at all ? 

Sometimes, other members ask questions that I could help with, as I've been a very successful artist all my life...but again, can't contact them.

Thanks on advance for any way to solve these problems!!


Hi Lynn,

I can understand your frustration. Unfortunately we don't have a way for you to send messages to private individuals.

As I mentioned in an earlier comment below, you can put your contact information here. However, for security sake, you should make some changes.

For example, if my email is davidseaglass88@gmail.com, I would put it here as davidseaglass88 (at) gmail (dot) com.

That makes it harder for automatic spammers to send you spam emails.

Another option is to set up a new gmail account just for this type of communication. It is easy and quick and you can have as many accounts as you want.

So if you set up an account Lynnseaglass_mass@gmail.com you could use that JUST for sea glass contacts.

We hope this helps.

~ David and Lin @ OdysseySeaGlass

May 12, 2014
Sea Glass
by: Ric

I've always wanted to visit Sunderland and shall, next year.

I am American and part of the family that emigrated to the states; but John Candlish's brother Robert was my great-great-great-great grandfather.

It would be quite nice to see from where a part of the family originates.


Hey, thanks for chipping in, Ric. It would be nice to hear that the descendants of the Candlish family reunited in England. If you do get the chance, please share photos with us.

~ David @ OdysseySeaGlass

Dec 17, 2013
How to??.
by: Lynn Debbs

Hi, I'm Lynn and have been trying for a while to find someone interested in go to Seaham Eng. w/me.

PAULA...you responded 12/15 but I don't know if there's a way to contact people on Odyssey's sight.

I would leave my contact info, but don't know if we are allowed to. Help!



Hi LynnD,

If it's not commercial, no problem leaving your contact info here.

However, use instead of the @ symbol in your email, use (at) with spaces and (dot com).

That's to avoid spam machines from finding and copying email addresses on the web.

For you folks with businesses, go to the bottom of the left column where it says Sea Glass Directory for a free listing.

~ David from Odyssey :-)

Dec 15, 2013
For Lynn D. in Ma.
by: Paula J

Hi Lynn,

Am wondering if you made it to Seaham Beach?

I live in Ma. also and collect sea glass ( I actually make jewelry ).

I'd really love to go there one day!

I seriously spend many hours combing the beach I live on...

Paula J.

Oct 24, 2013
by: Lynn D.

Hi , I would love to go to Seaham , UK. to search for the multi-colored seaglass.

I've read that going in winter is much more successful and you avoid crowds.

I am willing to go alone, but think it would be much more fun to be with someone who is also a huge sea glass fan!!!

Anyone out there interested? We could even form a group.

The cost would be less if 2 of us shared a room.

I would be more than willing to research the adventure. I already have done quite a bit of research.

If you would initially contact me through this board, that would be
great. I live in MA.

Thank you!

Oct 22, 2013
Best B&B in Seaham
by: Nettie

If you are planning a trip to Seaham, the best "five star" B&B to stay at is Eastshaw Guesthouse. It's only a five minute walk to the beach!

Mick and Julie will show you the best places to comb! Excellent findings!!!

Sea Glass Seaham England hotels
Eastshaw Guesthouse, Seaham, England
“The Best B & B we have stayed at!” 5 of 5 stars
"This was an amazing find for us. The balance of high professionalism combined with making us feel welcomed and relaxed was wonderful. MIck and Julie were keen for us to have a lovely holiday and they succeeded."  More Reviews...

Sep 08, 2013
My trip to Seaham
by: cinda

I went to England and Scotland in May 2013, one of my goals was to go to Seaham.

I have congested heart failure and walking and climbing is hard for me.

But on a raining day in May, I made to Seaham at high tide, I had to stay the day to get to low tide.

I enjoyed the little cafe and had the best hot soup.

It was worth it as I climbed over the rocks in the pouring rain and collected about 20 pieces from the cliffs in the park.

Later I went down on the beach side and collected another 30 pieces including a glass stopper, a marble and other colored glass including a red.

It was one of my best stops in my trip in 13 days.

I go back in a heartbeat............

Cinda from Maine

Sea Glass Seaham England hotels
Eastshaw Guesthouse, Seaham, England
“The Best B & B we have stayed at!” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012
"This was an amazing find for us. The balance of high professionalism combined with making us feel welcomed and relaxed was wonderful. MIck and Julie were keen for us to have a lovely holiday and they succeeded."  More Reviews...

Sep 04, 2013
by: Anonymous

Seaham beach is amazing , I go there every day to collect my sea glass , its worth a visit where ever you are from :-)

Aug 12, 2013
See Glass......in Seaham!
by: Paul Sta

I hadn't even heard of Sea Glass until last week on holiday.

In conversation with a lady from California, she mentioned that one of the best places to collect it was the beach at Seaham.

I was born and now work in Sunderland, just down the coast, where John Candlish is indeed a well known benefactor (statue, street name etc!)

Sunderland has a history of glass production, but I don't know about the making of glass in Seaham...locals there would no doubt inform.

Jan 23, 2013
Would love to go!,
by: Lynn

Are there ever any small groups out there that arrange trips to Seaham beach?

I live in Plymouth MA. In the usa, and would love to go.

If so, could you please respond to odyssey.

Jun 12, 2012
Seaham Beach Sea Glass
by: Craig

Seaham Beach, Sunderland, UK excellent beach loads of glass

Craig, Durham City UK

May 08, 2012
by: robert fuller

This is what i know - in the 1800s there were 2 victorian bottle factories there owned by a man called John Candlish.

John and his brother ran the 2 factories. He also had 2 in Sunderland.

All the end of day waste glass was tipped over the cliffs. John Candlish also ended up a MP for Sunderland. His statue is in the city park.

In his early days he also had a shipyard.

Good old John Candlish... wonder what he would think now about his waste glass being gems of the ocean!

There was also a pottery (factory) there.

Hope this helps. You can read this type in Google and search history of John Candlish

May 08, 2012
Looking for the Best Beach...
by: terri bahr

I am coming with my mother to Seaham for one day of hunting sea glass (or beach glass)...is there one beach that I should go to...or one area?

My mom's getting older and her beach glass days are probably not for too much longer so I thought this would be a fun diversion from London.

Any help would be so greatly appreciated!


Hi Terri,

Travelers recommend the following hotel. Let us know how it goes!

David and Lin

Sea Glass Premier Inn Sunderland - about 8 miles from Seaham, England
Ranked #1 of 9 hotels in Sunderland  -  5 of 5 stars 31 reviews
    “Superb value stay”
    “Reasonably priced rooms with great ser...”

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I have come to sea glass via my shell collecting and am finding it very addictive too. Last year I found a glass bottle stopper which was a thrill.

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David & Linda,

So wonderful to have crossed paths with you and thanks for sharing your expertise on sea glass along with your wonderful website.

Ann & I have caught your infectious seaglass fever! Hope to cross paths again soon.

Happy and safe traveling!

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