ⓘ Marsden Rock

                                     

ⓘ Marsden Rock

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 100 feet 30 m sea periclase and magnesian limestone which lies approximately 100 yards 91 metres from the main cliffs. In 1803 the stairs were built up the side of the cliff. In 1903 several choirs climbed onto the rock to perform a choral service. The juggling show was also performed by a group of interns clowns who worked at Marsden quarry.

In 1911, a large part of cliff collapsed into the sea leaving it as an arch. Continued tidal erosion caused the arch to collapse in 1996, splitting the rock into two separate stacks. Prior to that, he has performed on many local postcards and photographs. In 1997 the smaller stack was declared unsafe and was demolished in the interests of public safety.

Skala is home to a colony of seabirds, with thousands of pairs of Kittiwakes, fulmars, Gulls and cormorants.