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Fishing for herring dominated the fishing along the East Coast, especially at Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. But this is not the whole story. Following the coast from the Wash round to Essex, there were a number of different fishing operations, all set up to gain a living from the sea. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, whaling operated from King's Lynn, and along the north west and north norfolk coasts there was a thriving shell fishery, for mussels, cockles and whelks. At Cromer, crab fishing and longshore fishing dominated. Inland, on the Broads, freshwater catches such as eels were exploited. In Essex, at Mersea, Burnham on Crouch and Brightlingsea, whitebait and oyster fishing were of more significance.

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Gansey knitting stick or shield

Knitting Stick

Gansey knitting stick or shield

Six steel double-pointed needles, of size 16 and 17 gauge, the type used for knitting ganseys.

Gansey Doube-pointed Steel Knitting Needles

Six steel double-pointed needles, of size 16 and 17 gauge, the type used for knitting ganseys.

Henry Valentine Little's Gansey

Henry Valentine Little's Gansey

Henry Valentine Little's Gansey

John Worthington:

Walter 'Primo' Allen wearing his gansey.

Walter 'Primo' Allen

Walter 'Primo' Allen wearing his gansey.

Portrait of Cromer fisherman Gilbert 'Leather' Rook wearing a gansey and chummy hat.

Cromer Fisherman Gilbert 'Leather' Rook, 1905.

Portrait of Cromer fisherman Gilbert 'Leather' Rook wearing a gansey and chummy hat.

The "Cromer" crew lookout

The "Cromer" crew lookout

The "Cromer" crew lookout

A photograph of 'Lotion Tar' Bishop, a fisherman in his gansey.

Photograph of 'Lotion Tar' Bishop, a fisherman in his gansey.

A photograph of 'Lotion Tar' Bishop, a fisherman in his gansey.

Turned wooden sheath with a large conical hole at one end

wooden sheath

Turned wooden sheath with a large conical hole at one end