In 1837 Commissioners were appointed by an Act of Parliament to form a harbour in the parish of Warkworth. The river Coquet was ‘deepened, widened and otherwise improved, to form a safe and commodious harbour for the purpose of trade.’ The majority of this ‘trade’ was coal from the local collieries at Broomhill, Radcliffe and Hauxley.
In 1847 all previous Acts were repealed with provisions made for the management and safeguarding of the harbour. This is an Act with which Warkworth Harbour Commissioners use as guidance to the present day.
Coal ceased to be exported from the port in the early 1970s however there was a thriving fishing industry providing sustainability to the harbour.
Mr Bartle Rippon
Warkworth Harbour is now a Trust Port and registered charity independently governed with its own unique legislation and is overseen by those Commissioners appointed to manage the strategic and long-term sustainability of the harbour.
Although there is still a successful fishing fleet the Commissioners have diversified into other fields playing host to a busy Saturday car boot sale and Sunday market, two quayside eateries and the beach huts on the Little Shore.
The harbour is also home to the Seafood Centre and Harbour Village located at the Radcliffe Quay area which is accessible from Leazes Street.
The harbour also provides access to Amble Marina, Coquet Yacht Club, Amble Boat Club and the Coquet Shorebase Trust.
Map of the Harbour
Warkworth Harbour is situated 55° 20N, 001° 34W on the North East coast of England
Charts: Admiralty Chart No 1627, Imray C24, OS Explorer 332, Landranger 81
Port speed limit 4mph
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