Book Review – ‘Life on the Tyne: Water trades on the lower River Tyne in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a reappraisal’ by Robb Robinson
The economy of Tyneside grew rapidly during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with expansion being primarily driven by demand for coal.
Peter Wright’s book examines the complexities of the water trade of the lower reaches of this vital commercial artery. He has drawn on a very wide variety of sources, including port books, probate records and inventories, and parish registers, as well as the Records of the Company of Hostmen of Newcastle and relevant sections of the remarkable diary of Ralph Jackson, an apprentice hostman. The out- come is this comprehensive and valuable work which throws a great deal of light on so many social, economic, and maritime dimensions of Tyneside during these centuries of crucial expansion and change …