Greenses Arabs and Fish Tales: Walk

The Greenses, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1NB

Join local Archivist, Linda Bankier as she leads you on this walk to discover the stories of the families that lived and worked in the cottages and smokehouses of the Greenses.

The Greenses is so called because until the 19th century, although located within the town's medieval walls, much of the land was still open field. From the 18th century, herring fishing was the main occupation for the men of the Greenses during the summer months. In the winter, the fishermen turned to catching cod and haddock with long lines. Every day, each line with up to 720 hooks were baited with mussels and limpets collected and put on the hooks by the womenfolk. Crabs and lobsters were also caught, using pots known locally as "creeves".
The locals were called Greenses Arabs on account of the men's beards and swarthy complexion acquired from putting to sea in all weathers.

Event Times

Saturday 18 September: 16:30

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
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Booking opens: 9 August 2021 09:00
Booking closes: 18 September 2021 14:00

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Max 25 people per tour/session. Walk lasts about an hour Meet at the corner of High Greens and Bell Tower Place near Holy Trinity School. If you can't join us in person for the walk, you can view a version online - Contact for the day: Berwick HODS - 07966 323231

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Organised by

Berwick Heritage Open Days and Berwick Record Office

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.