Friday, 2 September 2022
Limited Faith In a Rickety Staithe
It is, historically, a dialect word, so the dreaded interwebnet, biased towards american rather than english English, offers no origin.
It comes from an old Norse word meaning harbour or landing place.
There is a delightful North Yorkshire village called Staithes which is a harbour or landing place.in the Norse sense ...
Looking at old maps of the harbour, we note first the tracks approaching from the present Durham Coast Line station, along, surprisingly, Station Road and then splaying out to serve, well, the staithes.
But move away from the fan of tracks and ...
But to keep it simple we need to realise that there were, effectively, TWO networks of sidings. The upper level, for loading the ships, ran atop the staithes.
But there was a secondary network at stone-built dock level. This was used for collecting spillage (too valuable to ignore), to deliver coal for fuel to the ships (more profit to be made) and to mend the infrastructure to make the first two possible.
The lower level looked like some dystopian science fiction film set ...
Coffee pot 17 is also preserved in working order at Beamish ...
No 16 is static at Preston Park Museum, Teesside.
Next Variety blog : Saturday 3rd September