The Fish Quay Fair, North Shields

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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, 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.
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  • Very nice walk along the Bay, behind the fish market. Typical, romantic, old boats, nets and fishermen. 10 minutes walk from the Metro North Shields. We pass in front of the cruise ships.
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  • 2 large marquee type areas, good mix of handcrafted foods. Pity it is only annual, would certainly thrive if 2 or 3 or more times a year.  more »
  • Came here as we won a voucher at the keel row in a raffle for £20. We came on a Wednesday which we didn't realise you get three tapas and a bottle of wine included. Lovely atmosphere inside. Small men...  more »

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