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Newbiggin Heritage Partnership
Newbiggin by the Sea

Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point,
Newbiggin by the Sea
Northumberland, NE646DB
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Free entrance to Rocket House.

Open April-October. 10-2pm.

The Rocket House is a small but neglected part of Newbiggin's maritime heritage

It is an early example having been built in 1866 of a building specifically built to house life saving apparatus used when conditions prevented the lifeboat from deploying. The Rocket House is built onto the rear of Newbiggin's Lifeboat House, the oldest operated lifeboat house in the UK. Rocket Houses became vital to seafarers. A rocket with a line attached was fired from the shore to stranded sailors and passengers on ships that had run aground.The shipwrecked mariners would then be brought safely to shore in a breeches buoy.
The Rocket House has been fully restored and open to visitors.