Tyne and Wear HER(12303): Newburn, Dripinttell fishery - Details
Newburn, Dripinttell fishery
Agriculture and Subsistence
Dripinttell in 1298, Drypintille in 1479. 'Dryge' is Old English for 'dry' and apparently pintel' is Old English for 'penis'. Thus the name means the fishery called or at Dry Penis. Pintill is a rare fish name. 'Pightel' is Middle English for small enclosure. Dry pintel therefore might allude to a shallow fishery where only the lower parts of the body were submerged. It is recorded as one of a pair of fisheries (along with Foul Yare) and a place for drying nets. The fisheries belonged to Hexham Abbey and the manor of Stella.
V.E. Watts, 1988, Some Northumbrian Fishery Names III in Durham Archaeological Journal, 4, 1988, pp 53-59; Craster, A History of Northumberland, Vol. III, p. 141