Whitley Bay and Cullercoats

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Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and St Mary’s Island.

Up the coast from Tynemouth, is Cullercoats once famous as the home of Tyneside’s famous fishwife fraternity. The fishwives could still be seen at the time of William Tomlinson’s Guide to Northumberland of 1888 which records;

“Very familiar indeed is the figure of the Cullercoats fish-wife, as, clad in blue serge jacket, short petticoats with ample skirts, large apron and black straw bonnet she trudges along with a heavy creel of fish on her shoulders calling in, shrill and not unmusical tones of voice, `Buy fee-s-ch’ ”

Further to the north of Cullercoats is the town of Whitley Bay, the main seaside resort for Tyneside and the site of the `Spanish City’ amusement area. The main coastal feature at Whitley Bay, is St Mary’s Island which like a miniature version of Lindisfarne further north, is linked to the mainland by a short causeway at low tide. St Mary’s Isle is also known as Bait Island after an inhabitant of Tudor times called Thomas Bates. The island with its lighthouse is a popular `picture postcard view’.

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