The quay began life in 1225 as a simple village of shielings (huts) from which the town of North Shields takes its name. The quay was originally located here to serve the nearby Tynemouth Castle and Priory.
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. The history and formation of North Shields Fish Quay
Clifford's Fort, located on the Fish Quay was built in the 17th century (1672) as a coastal defence against the Dutch. The Fort also played a role during the Napoleonic Wars. The fort was named after Lord Clifford of Cabal. It is now a scheduled Ancient Monument. The fort is currently under going some renovation work so I'll add some photos of it to this page when they have finished.
Text adapted from North Shields Fish Quay - Wikipedia
- North Shields Fish Quay - Wikipedia
- Tyne Lives - North Shields Fish Quay has some great old photos of the Fish Quay.
- North Shields Fish Quay - 1850 - News Guardian
- THE North Shields Discovery Walk including Fish Quay, C2C, High Light, Low Light, Richard Broderick, Tom Hadaway, Wooden Dolly, William Harbutt, plasticine, Hastings Banda, Myles Birket Foster, Chain Locker, Golden Fleece, Northumberland Square, John Dobs.
- North of England Civic Trust - Fish Quay, North Shields
- North Shields fish quay - North Tyneside Council
- memorynet - Martin Pontin grew up in Tynemouth. After the war his father established William Wight Ltd as a family business. The shop provided the fishing fleet with stores and provisions. Martin now manages the shop. Martin was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 15 February 2006. The interview took place at North Shields Fishermen's Mission and lasted 22 minutes and 30 seconds.