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Ganseys

Introduction

A fisherman's gansey was once his most distinctive feature. A navy blue jumper, patterned on the top half and part of the sleeves, was a proud possession.

It was likely to be knitted by a loved one and carried a pattern characteristic of the fishing port or family.

Ganseys could be found all around the North Sea coast from the early 19th century to the middle of the 20th century and the tradition lives on with a few Norfolk fishermen today.

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black and white photograph of Cromer coxswain Henry Blogg with the Prince of Wales at a presentation ceremony in the Central Hall, Westminster, London

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photograph, colour slide, photographer Dr A.J. Stuart, 1992. Artist Sam Brown worked with Tony Stuart to envisage what the West Runton elephant looked like - this is one of his sketches. 1992

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Fishermen and their Ganseys

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

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How Ganseys were Knitted

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