Fish Quay Facts

IT IS ADVISED FRESH MACKEREL SHOULD BE EATEN ON THE DAY OF PURCHASE.

THERE WAS AN ELECTRIC POWER STATION BUILT ON TANNERS BANK IN 1901 AT A COST OF £5.533 BY TYNEMOUTH COUNCIL BUT DEMAND FOR POWER SOON MADE IT REDUNDANT AND IT CLOSED WITHIN 9 YEARS.

THE WORD TURBOT COMES FROM THE OLD FRENCH WORD ‘TOURBOUT’, WHICH IS THOUGHT TO BE A DERIVATIVE OF THE LATIN TURBO (SPINNING TOP) A POSSIBLE REFERENCE TO ITS SHAPE.

SKATE IS A MEMBER OF THE SHARK FAMILY.

TANNERS BANK IS SO NAMED BECAUSE THERE WAS A TANNERY THERE.

UNION ROAD IS SO CALLED BECAUSE IT UNITES BOTH BANKS OF THE POW BURN WHICH STILL RUNS INTO THE GUT.

THERE WERE AT ONE TIME UP TO 158 INNS & TAVERN IN THE LOWER TOWN ON THE FISH QUAY.

SQUID INK IS WIDELY USED IN MAKING PASTA AND RISOTTO.

ICHTHYOPHOBIA IS THE FEAR OF TOUCHING FISH.

THERE HAVE BEEN SIX WOODEN DOLLIES ON THE FISH QUAY.

CLIFFORD’S FORT WAS NAMED AFTER THE LORD HIGH TREASURER THOMAS CLIFFORD.

IN 1877 TUGOWNER WILLIAM PURDY FITTED TRAWL GEAR TO THE MESSENGER – AND INTRODUCED STEAM TRAWLING TO THE TYNE.

STAN LAUREL OF LAUREL & HARDY, USED TO LIVE IN THE OLD DOCKWRAY SQUARE.

A WOMAN ON A SHIP WAS BELIEVED TO BE UNLUCKY, ANGERING THE SEA. HOWEVER A NAKED WOMAN EMBARRASSED THE SEA AND IT WOULD STAY CALM. THAT’S WHY SHIPS HAD SEMI NAKED WOMEN AS FIGUREHEADS.

IN 1849 A CHOLERA EPIDEMIC IN NORTH SHIELDS AFFECTED 1 IN EVERY 22 PEOPLE RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF 337 – THE INFECTED FIGURE BEING 727.

FISHING AT “SHIELS” WAS CREATED BY THE MONKS FROM TYNEMOUTH PRIORY AS A SOURCE OF FOOD FOR THEMSELVES.

THE FISH MARKET FOR THE RIVER UP UNTIL THE 1800’S WAS AT NEWCASTLE.

NORTH SHIELDS BECAME A PORT IN ITS OWN RIGHT IN 1833.

BY MID VICTORIAN TIMES, NORTH SHIELDS HAD BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH DRUNKENNESS AND PROSTITUTION.

FISHERMEN ARE SUPERSTITIOUS AND REFER TO SALMON AS ‘RED FISH’.

A BOAT WOULD TURN BACK IF A SAILOR UTTERED THE WORD PIG ON DECK.

A MALE CRAB IS CALLED A COCK.

THE HIGH LIGHTS & LOW LIGHTS WORKED BY ALIGNING THE TWO LIGHTS UP AS YOU ENTERED THE TYNE, THIS WOULD THEN GIVE YOU THE PASSAGE INTO WHICH TO PASS UP THE RIVER.

IN THE 1930’S SOME 300 FOLK WERE EMPLOYED IN THE NORTH SHIELDS SMOKE HOUSES.

FISHERMEN WOULD NEVER COIL A ROPE FACING THE SUN OR NO WHISTLE ABOARD.

OMAR FROM SAMBUCAS IS NOT ITALIAN!

DON’T FEED THE SEAGULLS WITH CHIPS, ITS NOT GOOD FOR THEIR DIET

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