Welcome to Seaham, a small town in County Durham perhaps best known for its associations with Lord Byron and Billy Elliot. The area finds itself 6 miles south of Sunderland and 13 miles east of Durham. Interestingly, its parish church is one of the oldest surviving churches in the UK.
Whether you’re here for history, poetry or sheer beauty, having an Afternoon Tea in Seaham is an excellent choice. There is never a bad time, after all, to indulge in all of your favourite treats and snacks.
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Although the history of Seaham dates back many centuries, the original village has all but vanished. One of the only structures remaining is that of the church, which boasts a 7th century Anglo-Saxon nave.
Until the early 1800s, Seaham was but a small, rural community. Indeed, its only claim to fame was that the local landowner’s daughter, Anne Isabella Milbanke, was married at Seaham Hall to Lord Byron – a marriage that was, unfortunately, short-lived!
In time, Seaham developed into a mining community with a particularly essential harbour. By the 1980s, however, its primary coal industry had diminished significantly.
Nevertheless, its rich history and culture were highlighted in the 2000 film Billy Elliot, which was partly inspired by Seaham. Today, one of the most popular pastimes to be had is spending time in an Afternoon Tea Seaham venue.