North Shields Fish Quay


 

North Shields Fish Quay is a fishing port located close to the mouth of the River Tyne, in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, North East England, 8 miles (13 km) east of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

The quay began life in 1225 as a simple village of shielings (seasonal huts used by hunters or fishermen) around the Pow Burn (stream or river); the town of North Shields takes its name from the shielings. The quay was originally located here to serve the nearby Tynemouth Castle and Priory. The original site is now largely derelict industrial land, which lately belonged to the original Tyne Brand canning company. The Pow Burn runs from nearby Northumberland Park and disappears underground at Tynemouth Road and the Metro urban transport line. It eventually reappears at the 'Gut' at the eastern end of the Fish Quay, where it flows into the Tyne.

The growth of North Shields was at one time restricted due to fear that it would take trade from neighbouring Newcastle upon Tyne, which was the region's leading port at the time; its trade guilds resented trade outside of the city, so much so that coal mined in North Shields within 300 ft of the river had to be transported on land 8 miles to Newcastle to be loaded onto boats.

The most striking buildings are the now defunct High Light and Low Light lighthouses which, in the 18th and 19th centuries, provided a line of sight for vessels entering a fairly treacherous river mouth. Until the north and south piers were built many ships foundered on the treacherous rocks known as the 'Black Middens', which lie to the east of the quay and can be seen at low tide.

The site actually has an original Old High Light and Old Low Light as well as a slightly differently positioned later High Light and Low Light, so called because they were positioned low (at river level on the quay) and high (on the bank top some 150 ft higher.

The present quay was built in 1870 to accommodate the increase in fishing boats after the introduction of steam trawlers. It is still a working fishing port with a trade fish market; it is the largest English port for prawns. Its proximity to the Dogger Bank has meant that a number of fishing boats from Whitby and elsewhere on the north east coast have relocated there. Adjacent shops include many fresh fish outlets and fish processing, mainly crab and prawn, continues in industrial units.

The Fish Quay was once the biggest kipper producer in the UK, but the fall in herring stocks has reduced the trade to a single smokery. A number of traditional smokehouses still exist but have been converted to other uses.

Clifford's Fort, located on the Fish Quay, was built in the 17th century (1672) as a coastal defence against the Dutch, and also played a role during the Napoleonic Wars. The fort was named after Lord Clifford, a member of King Charles II's Cabal. It is now a scheduled monument.

The Fish Quay declined in the 1980s as a result of problems in the fishing industry. Refurbishment of the area was begun by Tyne and Wear Development Corporation and then beginning in 2001 based on a consultancy report. The Old Low Light building has been converted into a heritage centre, which opened in 2015.

Festival

The annual North Shields Fish Quay Festival began in 1987 as a community event and by 2001 had been renamed Window on the World (WOW). It brought in big-name music acts and by 2002 had a budget of £350,000 and was contributing an estimated £11 million to the local economy. For 2003, on cost grounds, the festival became the Fish Bay Family Festival and was relocated to east of the Fish Quay.

In 2006 North Tyneside Council decided to suspend the festival because of concerns about safety since the area was being redeveloped, and recommended that it should become a heritage festival. It has not resumed; the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, which is held jointly by South Shields and Tynemouth, is now the local annual festival.

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033091:Stacking boxes on the Fish Quay North Shields Unknown c.1890

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033089:Herring boats Fish Quay North Shields Unknown c.1890

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026113:North Shields Fish Quay pre 1896

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033093:Loading fish Fish Quay North Shields Unknown c.1890

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011437:Fish Quay North Shields C. 1940

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018659:Fish Quay North Shields North Tyneside 1969 J. Signey

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018367:Morning Catch Fish Quay North Shields Unknown 1969

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Herring Boat - Gratti

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North Shields Fish Quay C1956

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HARSON ROBKUS. THE SHIELDS SHANTY VIDEO

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North Shields, Ferry Landing
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- Overview Map Street View The landing for the Shields Ferry in North Shields was modernised in 2004 in the style of the Tyne and Wear Metro, which operates the ferry. Viewed ...
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North Shields Fish Quay & mouth of the Tyne, from Tyne Street

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Fish Quay

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018661:Fish Quay North Shieds North Tyneside 1969

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Drone/Aerial - Fish Quay, North Shields, North Tyneside

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Dockmaster's House, North Shields Fish Quay

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Ferry Mews

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North Shields Fish Quay

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'Dolphin Mooring Post', Union Road, North Shields

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North Shields Quayside - Tyne and Wear, North East England

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Fresh fish for sale

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