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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A flourishing seaport of Northumberland, on the Tyne, near the mouth, 8 m. NE. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and lying within the municipal borough of Tynemouth; is of quite modern growth, and of a plain, uninteresting appearance; has a theatre, free library, Mariners' Home, fine park, &c.; the docks cover 79 acres, and a large export trade in coal is carried on.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Shields, North'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/s/shields-north.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.