North Shields - Fish Quay History

North Shields

North Shields stands on the north bank of the River Tyne and takes its name from the "sheilings" or "shiels", fisherman's huts, on the riverbank.

The historic Fish Quay, where the origins of the town were founded, dates back hundreds of years and it is still a working quay today. It is undergoing an exciting programme of regeneration making it a better place to live, work and relax. Clifford's Fort, an Ancient Scheduled Monument, was built as a coastal defence against the Dutch in the 17th Century. Popular with visitors who like to stroll along the quay and watch the boats sail up and down the river, the Fish Quay is a great place to enjoy some fish and chips.

The town itself spread up the bank from the Fish Quay in the 18th Century to the familiar location it occupies today with Bedford Street, the Beacon Centre and Northumberland Square at the heart of the town. North Shields has gone through an expansive period of regeneration, notably the Royal Quays area that has been rejuvenated with new housing, an outlet village centre, marina, hotel and a range of attractions.

A statue of comedy legend Stan Laurel can be seen in Dockwray Square, overlooking the Fish Quay. Stan spent some of his childhood years living in North Shields. Born in Ulverston, Cumbria, he moved here where his father was a theatre manager.

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Fish Quay Commercial Property to Rent

The Smokehouses

Modern office and studio accommodation situated on the historic North Shields Fish Quay.

The Smokehouses