NEWHAVEN — A  UNIQUE FISHING VILLAGE ON THE COAST OF THE FORTH, PROUD OF ITS TRADITIONS, CULTURE AND HISTORY

Supported by NEWHAVEN HERITAGE CENTRE which is recognised as a Scottish registered charity No. SC044837

newhaven-on-forth About Us

If you have contributions to make to the knowledge base and photographic archives on any of the topics on this page, they would be most welcome.  Please contact archivist@newhavenonforth.org.uk

A NEW SCHOOL FOR NEWHAVEN?  

   AND NEW CENTRE FOR THE NEWHAVENERS?


With the growing population of Greater Newhaven, it is likely that Victoria School will be at capacity at the
beginning of the 2018 Summer Term.  A consultation process is now underway to build a new school at
Windrush Drive with a capacity of fourteen classrooms and the flexibility of additional accommodation as it
becomes needed.  The consultation website can be found here > > >


A vacated building with the iconic importance of the old school building would be a valuable asset to the community with the possibility of services for the elderly, a nursery for the children, a continuing educational link for the pupils of the nearby schools including, of course, Victoria Primary School,  a space where “Old” and “New” newhaven can meet, accommodation for various special interests groups that help to build community, and the re-establishment of a community museum once more to tell the story and preserve the heritage of the fishing village and the mores that guided it.  


Please engage with the consultation process.  Newhaven NEEDS you!  Newhaven needs YOU!

To be a Newhavener is to be a “Bow-Tow”.  The derivation of the soubriquet is lost in time but the most likely explanation is that the “bow” is a buoy and the “tow” is an anchor. The working partnership of the fisherman - the Bow - who harvested the waters of the Forth and the seas beyond, and his wife - the Tow - who sold the fare, kept the home and reared the children, is a relationship that was at the very heart of the community of Newhaven.


This website celebrates Newhaven-on-Forth —— what it was and what it still is.  


To paraphrase that well-known saying, “You can take the Bow-Tow out of Newhaven but you can never take Newhaven out of the Bow-Tow”.

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Friend of Newhaven Heritage

NEWHAVEN HERITAGE is working to restore a MUSEUM, together with an EDUCATION CENTRE, CAFE, and COMMUNITY FACILITIES.


Becoming a Friend is FREE.  You will receive a quarterly web-based newsletter, “The Bow-Tow”,  with updates as well as advance notice of events.  You can join by emailing archivist@newhavenonforth.org.uk using the subject title “Newsletter”. Your name and contact details will never be passed on to any third party and you may unsubscribe at any time.


Donations to the Newhaven Heritage Centre, a Scottish registered charity, contribute to the fund to create a Heritage Centre and the protection and preservation of the village’s unique history. Thank you for your support and generosity.



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Newhaven Harbour Lighthouse Products

Chris Garner’s new book, Newhaven, A Scottish Fishing Community 1928 - 1978, is now available online through this website and on eBay here > > >


A must-read for Newhaveners and ex-pats as well as social historians, this well written and thoroughly researched book is full of reminiscences and anecdotes from those who knew first-hand the life of the village before and after redevelopment.


The price is £15 and is available for purchase at Cafe Connections, Newhaven Church, Craighall Road, Edinburgh EH6 4ND and also from Leith Library and from the Scottish and Edinburgh Room, Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.  It can also be posted to addresses at home and abroad (carriage extra).  

More details here > > >

BACK COPIES OF THE BOW-TOW NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE NOW!

The Newsletter of Newhaven Heritage has been a popular benefit to the Friends of Newhaven Heritage.  Published quarterly, it contains interesting articles - some topical, some historical – as well as information about the various community groups in the Newhaven area.


All the back issues are available to download here > > >


The current issue will only be available to Friends of Newhaven Heritage which you can join for free (see panel above) until it in turn becomes a back issue.  In our campaign to establish a Newhaven Heritage Centre, it will be important to demonstrate we have significant local support and one of the ways of doing this is to point to the amount of Friends of Newhaven Heritage we have,

A NEW WEBSITE IS BORN


As a result of the recent exhibition, Newhaven: Then and Now exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, a new website has been created to create a “virtual” museum in the absence of a real one.  Segmented into different zones and departments, we hope that visitors will be intrigued by the historical photographs and artefacts, as well as film footage and personal reminiscences.


This is a huge undertaking and one that will be constantly added to.  As such, it will be an organic experience, with new photographs and other data being added so it will be worth visiting again and again to see what is new.  Just like our future real museum will be one day!