Throughout the 1960s, photographer and chemical engineer Laszlo Torday, documented fishermen at the Fish Quay. Through his images we are able to get a glimpse of what daily life in North Shields was like during that time period.
The North Shields Fish Quay is located on the north bank of the River Tyne in the United Kingdom. This fishing port has an interesting history that dates back to the early 13th century.
In 1225, a village of shielings or fisherman's huts, developed where the Fish Quay stands today. This small settlement included mills, bakehouses, a brewery, and a fish quay. Although North Shields was a small port, it became a focal point for both legal and physical attacks by the established merchants and burgesses in the neighboring port of New Castle, who saw the Fish Quay as competition.
Despite opposition, over the course of several centuries the North Shields Fish Quay became a flourishing port, landing and processing thousands of tonnes of fish each year.
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