Sandstell Fishing Shiel at Spittal

Unfortunately, due to new local COVID-19 restrictions, this event has been cancelled

Sandstell Fishing Shiel, Sandstell Road, Spittal
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 11:00-14:00

Courtesy of Spittal Improvement Trust

In Person event – Covid restrictions in place – limited numbers, social distancing and hygiene

The word “shiel” refers to the seasonal accommodation used by fishermen and in North Northumberland by salmon fishermen. The salmon fishing season lasts from 1st February until 30 November. The shiels were equipped with bunks and fireplaces and were also used as storage for the fishing gear. Sandstell Shiel is a Grade II listed building. Records of its existence go back to 1735 and it is the only surviving unmodernised example of this type of building on the River Tweed.

About the author 

Linda Bankier

Linda Bankier is the Berwick Archivist and has run the Berwick Record Office for many many years. She has over 30 years experience delving into the archives of Berwick and North Northumberland, researching the history of people and unearthing unusual stories and information about the area in the past. Linda also enjoys encouraging people to use the archives to understand and celebrate our rich and unique heritage.

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