Tyne and Wear HER(15925): Gateshead, Saltmeadows, Whale Fishery Company - Details
Gateshead, Saltmeadows, Whale Fishery Company
Animal Product Site
First whale factory in the north-east for the Newcastle Whale Fishery Company on land leased from Newcastle Corporation. June 1752 to 1831. The site was later leased by soap and alkali manufacturers Thomas Doubleday and Anthony Easterby in 1812. Whale oil was stored in lead-lined tanks after being prepared. One such site was excavated at Rotherhithe in London.
Tony Barrow, 2001, The Whaling Trade of North-east England 1750-1850, pp 67-68; Minutes of the Newcastle Common Council, March 1828 and September 1831 (Tyne and Wear Archives)