Thistle-Doo Nicely

The North Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes offers many opportunities for the photographer – whatever the weather or time of year.

Any visitor to the town will be astounded by how much history such a small place can have.

Staithes is famous for its past fishing industry and hundreds of years of mineral production, an industry that continues to the present day with the Boulby Potash mine being one of the deepest in the United Kingdom.

Staithes was also home to many hero’s. From Captain James Cook, to those with their names recorded in stone on the War Memorial and those who today at the sound of the maroon take the Staithes Lifeboat to sea as their ancestors have done for the last 100 years.

Staithes was once one of the largest fishing ports on the north east coast of England. In its heyday there were just under 300 men engaged in fishing with three trains a week, from Staithes Station on the Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway, delivering the catch to the rest of the United Kingdom.

The fishing port of Staithes

Brightly painted doors on one of the houses in the town

A rusty padlock keeps a shed secure

No parking sign

Slipway into the sea in Staithes harbour

View down one of the cobbled streets

Sign on a house wall

Fishing boats moored in Staithes beck

Seagulls perch on the chimneys of the tightly packed rooftops

Published by ian forsyth photography

Press and Documentary photographer covering the North of England. Stringer & contributor for Getty Images News. Prints are available to buy on my website.

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