Alemouth is a small sea-port town, in the county of Northumberland, situate at the mouth of the river Alne, 5 miles East from Alnwick, and 6 miles North from Warkworth. It has no market or fair; notwithstanding large quantities of corn are annually shipped from hence. This was one of the forfeited estates of Henry earl of Northumberland, which Henry IV settled on his brother the duke of Clarence, for the better support of his dignity as lord lieutenant of Ireland. Human bones of an uncommon magnitude have been several times dug up on the shore of the river, near this town, has given rise to a traditional story, that a race of giants formerly resided here, and that these were some of their imperfect remains. In queen Elizabeth’s time, the French took possession of this town, and fortified it; as it was the first port they could safely land their supplies at for the queen mother. It affords a safe harbour for fishing vessels, and abounds with excellent fish. Here is no regular post-office, nor carrier, except by vessels, which go to and from Bell’s and Three Cranes wharfs, London. The principal inhabitants are as follow:
Adams Thomas, Cornfactor
Adams Joseph, Tide Waiter
Annett Thomas, Cornfactor
Annett Thomas, Publican
Bailey Thomas, Deputy Customer
[B]ell Thomas, Cornfactor
Cleugh William, Grocer, &c.
Dixon Thomas, Publican
Flemming Wm. Cornfactor & Publican
Forster Samuel, Cornfactor
Hay William, Cornfactor and Manufacturer of Flour
Jobson John, Cornfactor and Publican
Maddison George, Grocer, &c.
Pearson James, Tide Waiter
Sock Henry, Publican
Young Thomas, Pilot and Publican
The Northumberland Fishing Company is at Beadnal, 12 miles North, – Wood, Esq. Governor.
Trading Vessels belonging to this PORT.
The Friendship, which trade principally coastwise to London
North Sunderland Packet, which trade principally coastwise to London
Two Sisters, which trade principally coastwise to London
Two Brothers, which trade principally coastwise to London
Barbary Grey, General Traders to all parts.
Elizabeth, General Traders to all parts.
Peggy, General Traders to all parts.
Source: The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce, and Manufacture 1791. Vol. 2.