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North Shields, Library Stairs

North Shields


Building Component


Post Medieval

Documentary Evidence

A series of steep stairs linked the upper and lower parts of North Shields. The low town along the riverside, at the base of the steep bank was the original medieval settlement, which in the post medieval period became overcowded and slum-like. In the 18th century fine houses for businessmen and shipowners were built on top of the plateau above Ranters, Magnesia, Naters, Stewarts and Ropery Banks. The banks were also tightly packed with buildings. Library Stairs led to the Tynemouth Literary and Philospohical Society building (HER 9833). The slum dwellings were cleared away but some of the stairs still remain, although not necessarily in their original position..




North Tyneside Council and Nexus, North Shields Heritage Trail, board 12 'High Town'

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