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Archway - Tower Bank
Art Gallery
Captain Craster Memorial
Chapel Row
Church Street
Coastguard Cottages Coquet View
Craster Tower
Craster Village
Distant Shores
Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Road
Haven Hill
Iron Age Settlement
Jolly Fisherman
Little Adam's House
Memorial Hall
Methodist Chapel
Middle Rigg
Quarry, Aerial Ropeway and Bins
Radar Station
Reservoir 'Tank'
Robson's Smokehouse
St Peter the Fisherman
The 'Shute'
The 'Square'
Summer House
We Can Mind the Time
West End Cottages
Whin Hill
World War Two

The 'Shute'

In the days before domestic sanitation and waste collection, household waste and the contents of the dry closet had to be disposed of somehow. That somewhere was the sea. The Shute, the shoreline, more or less behind Coquet View, was the north side destination for the waste. Residents of the square accessed this via the path between the Jolly Fisherman and Coquet View. Residents of Church Street, via the path in the following photograph, which probably dates to the early 1900's. The path in the foreground of the picture went to a summer hut and later pigeon loft belong to Billy 'Pyeme' and a standing tap which filled a half barrel used as a trough for Jack Grey's (owner of the joiner's shop on the site of the art gallery) horses.

There were also pig sties, belonging to Church Street residents, behind the current art gallery. Jack Browell remembers Mrs Smailes who lived in Little Adam's house having two sties and Billy Dawson, John Willie Dawson, Tommy Abbott, Eva Archbold, Jimmy Park and Billy Anderson all having one each; making eight sties altogether on this site.

A path to the 'Shute'.
Source: Sybil Dawson

North side residents had their own arrangements; a site just to the north of the north pier. When modern sanitation came to the village, it came to the north side first. South side residents had to continue using the shute.

A Craster Panorama

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