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A LIVING FROM THE SEA - SHERINGHAM'S FISHING COMMUNITY

Introduction

Where the town of Sheringham now stands was once a small fishing hamlet which grew rapidly in the middle of the nineteeenth century when around a hundred boats were operating from the beach.  Subsequently over fishing led to a collapse in incomes and many families were forced to look for alternative homes elsewhere on the east Coast of England. 

 

In the late ninteenth century fishing for whelks stimulated a brief revival in local fishing fortunes which continued until the Second World War.   Nowadays there are only a few boats operating form Sheringham, mainly fishing for crabs and lobsters.

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The Augusta was Sheringham's first purpose built lifeboat, in service from 1838 until 1894.

The Augusta lifeboat

The Augusta was Sheringham's first purpose built lifeboat, in service from 1838 until 1894.

The Upcher fishing boat was built in 1826 with money loaned by Charlotte Upcher of Sheringham Hall.  Being the largest fishing boat available, it was also used for rescues until a purpose built lifeboat took its place.

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The Upcher fishing boat was built in 1826 with money loaned by Charlotte Upcher of Sheringham Hall. Being the largest fishing boat available, it was also used for rescues until a purpose built lifeboat took its place.

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Sheringham gansey worn by a Sheringham fisherman

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Sheringham Fishermen's Ganseys

This page is part of the Narrative Theme(s): Sailors' Crafts

This page is part of the Narrative Theme(s): Fishing

This page is part of the Online Exhibition(s): A LIVING FROM THE SEA - SHERINGHAM'S FISHING COMMUNITY