(In the north and east of England) a landing stage for loading or unloading cargo boats.
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- It was true that sea going craft were not so often seen at York staithes as they once were, but many steamers plied from the Humber to the walls of York, and York was still an open port, though 80 miles from the sea.
- Westmoor, for example, which had always spurned Maryport in favour of carting coal over the marginally shorter distance to a staithe at Allonby, was forced to cease operations altogether.
- Exploratory work for the renovation has revealed, for the first time since it was covered over in the 1700s, the slipway or ‘staithe’ at the back of the quayside building in Grape Lane.
Middle English: from Old Norse stǫth 'landing stage'.