In the summer of 2011, Beamish ‘The Living Museum of the North’ completed a superb recreation of a coal fired Fish and Chip Shop in their Pit Village. They called this fish and chip shop “Davy’s Fried Fish & chip potato Restaurant” “Davy’s Fried Fish Shop” for short.
I had the pleasure and honour of restoring many hundreds of James Duncan tiles. They are colourful and vibrant and make up various panels and a frieze depicting scenes of nature, hunting and the seas with a very fishy theme. Beamish staffs rescued the tiles from a wet fish shop in Berwick upon Tweed in 1979 and were in storage just waiting for the opportunity for them to see the light of day again.
The installation of the tiles featured in an aBBc television programme called “Brick by Brick : Rebuilding the past” and was broadcast in April 2012.