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King’s Staith -River Ouse in York

King’s Staith on the north-east bank of the River Ouse in York.

King’s Staith was the main landing stage during the medieval period. It is now a popular and characterful leisure location

The word ‘staith’ (and the alternative spelling ‘staithe’) originates from the Old Norse word ‘stǫth’, meaning a landing stage. Its common use across north-eastern England is a legacy of the Viking occupation during the 9th,10th and early 11th centuries.

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