April 19th, 2015



Following on from one piece of civic sculpture, with my picture of the River God Tyne last week, this week I offer you - She is the Wooden Doll.

Or one of two wooden dolls, to be exact.

She stands in Northumberland Square in North Shields and is the fifth in a two century long tradition. The first was a ship's figurehead that came ashore in 1814. But since sailors kept cutting bits off her, to take with them for luck, she only lasted until 1850. This one dates from 1958 and depicts a fishwife.

Looking at her, it is clear that we have a lot of seagulls on this coast *g*

The other, current wooden doll, the sixth, is down on the fish quay where the first was set up, and there is an interesting picture here - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/wooden-doll-photos-north-shields-8102031 - with a slide facility, showing her now and one of her predecessors from 1891.