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  • n. Plural form of staithe.


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  • Down by the river the smell was almost intolerable to any but Monkshaven people during certain seasons of the year; but on these unsavoury 'staithes' the old men and children lounged for hours, almost as if they revelled in the odours of train-oil.

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 1

  • Northumberland Dock and the staithes of the Tyne Commissioners, where the waggon ways from various collieries bring the coal to the water's edge.

    Northumberland Yesterday and To-day

  • In a secondary degree it is useful as a commercial highway, the barge traffic being really useful to the people on its banks, where coal, stone for road-mending, wood, flour, and other heavy and necessary goods are delivered on the staithes almost at their doors.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • Time was I should ha 'been on th' staithes throwing up my cap wit 't' best on 'em; but now it pleases

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 1

  • Molly and Sylvia were far along the staithes by the time he got to this point of cheerfulness.

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 1

  • The river itself was swelling and chafing with the incoming tide till its vexed waters rushed over the very feet of the watching crowd on the staithes, as the great sea waves encroached more and more every minute.

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 1

  • 'If we're sharp we can sell our eggs, and be down to the staithes before she comes into port.

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 1

  • I never set eyne upon her till half an hour ago on th 'staithes, and maybe I'll niver see her again.'

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 1

  • And as he turned down the quays (or staithes) on the north side of the river, towards the shore, and met the fresh sea-breeze blowing right in his face, it was impossible not to feel bright and elastic.

    Sylvia's Lovers — Volume 2

  • One third of the world's coal was exported out of Barry before the war, requiring a massive and fascinating infrastructure of docks, cranes, coal staithes and railway yards, much of which was still in place - albeit derelict and overgrown with weeds - when I was growing up.

    The Guardian World News


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