Sea glass is glass found on beaches along oceans, bays, rivers, gullies or large lakes that has been tumbled and smoothed by the waves, water and sand, creating smooth, frosted shards of glass.

 Seaham, Co. Durham is famous in beach-combing circles for it's 'End Of Day' Seaglass. It tends to be multi coloured glass (see opposite). 

Did you know that 'End Of Day' glass collected by Seaham Waves can be dated between 1853 and 1921 - as a local glass factory would pour its waste glass into the sea, it closed in 1921 but was later demolished in the 1950's. 

The glass factory was owned by John Candlish from 1855 and was one of the biggest glass producing factory and the largest bottling business in Europe. 

Everything from decorative glass items to the milk and beer bottle were made at the bottleworks and glass houses at Seaham.  The volume of production meant that the volume of waste was high, leading to coastline of Seaham and the North East Coast becoming a rich source of sea glass, even today, almost a hundred years since the factory was forced to close due to shortages of raw materials. 

Candlish Bottleworks 1853-1921
English Sea Glass
English Sea Glass