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a coal-loading staithe


From Old English stæþ and/or Old Norse stöð (harbor).



staithe (plural staithes)

  1. (UK, obsolete) A riverbank
  2. (UK, archaic or dialectal) A fixed structure where ships land, especially to load and unload; wharf; landing stage.
  3. (UK, rail transport) An installation built at the railside or nearby for the storage of coal unloaded from wagons.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The landing stage sense is common in place names, particularly in the former Danelaw area of east and north-east England where it remains dialectal in use.


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