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North Shields, North Tyneside

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North Shields, North Tyneside

North Shields is a town on the north bank of the River Tyne, in the metropolitan borough of North Tyneside, in North East England. It is located eight miles (13 km) east of Newcastle upon Tyne. Its name derives from Middle English schele meaning 'temporary sheds or huts (used by fishermen)', and still today, the area is synonymous with fishing and other trades associated with seafaring.
Administrative CountyNorth Tyneside
Traditional CountyNorthumberland
OS GridNZ3568
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionNorth East
Police AuthorityNorthumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityTyne and Wear
Fire and Rescue AuthorityTyne and Wear
Ambulance AuthorityNorth East
Dialling code0191
Population10,652 (Ward) 40,000 (approx.)

Other names by which North Shields, North Tyneside has been known in the past

North ~ Shields ~ Shields North

North Shields, North Tyneside in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Shields, North, seaport, market town, and township with ry. sta., Tynemouth par., Northumberland, at mouth of river Tyne, opposite South Shields, and forming part of the parliamentary and municipal bor. of Tynemouth, 36 ac., pop. 7250; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks. North Shields has establishments for the mfr. of marine engines and chain-cables and anchors, shipbuilding yards, roperies, salt-works, and a work for earthenware and stained glass. Fishing is largely carried on. North Shields is one of the Tyne Ports. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) It has 2 light-houses - the High Lighthouse, in front of Dockwray Square, 49 ft. high, with fixed light 123 ft. above high water and seen 16 miles; and the Low Lighthouse, near Clifford Fort, 76 ft. high, with fixed light 77 ft. above high water and seen 13 miles. The whole of Tynemouth bor. is usually called North Shields. See SOUTH SHIELDS and TYNEMOUTH.

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