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

Supported by Newhaven Action Group which is recognised as a Scottish registered charity: OSCR Number: SC042050

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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.  


The website reflects the rich story of the village and its villagers which, it is intended, will be displayed once more in the Newhaven Heritage Centre museum. That is the vision and ambition of Newhaven Heritage which owns this website. To learn more, follow this link > > >


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


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NEW BOOK ON
NEWHAVEN 1928-1978
JUST PUBLISHED


AUTHOR CHRIS GARNER has spent much of the past decade researching, interviewing and writing his new book on Newhaven which takes up the story of Newhaven and its occupants from 1928, the year the last boat, the Reliance, was built in the village until the period immediately after the redevelopment of its streets and houses.  Chock-full of people’s reminiscences and anecdotes, the text is written in an easy to read documentary style that weaves the stories and experiences of those who lived through the downward slope of the fishing industry and the demise of an old way of life that had sustained and supported  a community for generations.  


A must read for Newhaveners, ex-pats and social historians alike, it contains eight pages of photographs, many of which have never been published before as well as an intriguing plan of Newhaven that illustrates how its people were able to sustain 82 businesses and shops in its heyday.

We seek to purchase an appropriate piece of land or building in the Newhaven area, to provide modern amenities suitable for public access and equip it to fulfil our ambitious vision.  Such a task requires an equally ambitious fund and a circle of friends who share our ambitions.


Becoming a Friend is FREE.  You will receive a quarterly web-based 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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