Expecting a High Tide

Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©

Dawlish, United Kingdom

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This was taken at Polperro Harbour, Cornwall, UK.
I thought this was quite amusing.

Polperro (Cornish: Porthpyra) is a village and fishing port on the south-east Cornwall coast in South West England, UK. Situated on the River Pol, 4 miles (6 km) west of the more important resort of Looe and 25 miles (40 km) west of the major city and naval port of Plymouth. A fishing harbour surrounded by tightly packed old fishermen’s houses makes it attractive to tourists, and particularly so in the summer months.
Tourism became Polperro’s main industry during the 20th century, being accessible by train from Looe railway station as well as by road. It was estimated that the village received about 25,000 visitors a day in summer in the 1970s. Visitors may not take their cars into the village, leaving their vehicles in the main car park just outside and entering the village from the north and walking the remaining half mile to the harbour. The village comprises various narrow streets rendering navigation by car difficult. There are horse and cart rides and milk floats disguised as trams for visitors who prefer not to walk.

Attractions for visitors include the South West Coast Path, the 630-mile (1,010 km) long and established walk from Dorset to Somerset which passes through the village, and offers day walks along the scenic local coastline, in particular to Talland Bay close by on the coast path heading East. Westwards, the path passes three large beaches on the way to Fowey: Lansallos Beach, Lantivit Bay and Lantic Bay. Within the village is the Polperro Heritage Museum of Fishing and Smuggling, situated on the harbourside in an old fish processing warehouse, which amongst other things, houses interesting photographs of the village’s history. Guided walks are available for those visitors who may want some help in finding the more interesting parts of the village, and there are boat trips from the harbour to view the coastline which, from time to time, offer sightings of dolphins and seals.

Several restaurants, serving not least seafood, can be found in the village.
Fishing was traditionally the principal occupation of Polperro families. For centuries the village has been a pilchard fishing and processing port. Fish have been drawn to the south Cornwall coast to feed in late summer and these brought rich pickings for local fishermen. Once ashore, the fish were salted and pressed and the oil was collected as a by-product and used for heating and lighting. Polperro pilchards were exported to many parts of Europe. Shoals of these fish diminished in the 20th century and pilchard fishing from Polperro died out as its mainstay in the 1960s, but nonetheless approximately twelve commercial fishing vessels still operate from the harbour looking to catch flat fish, scallops, crabs, monkfish, ray, pollock, bass and cod.
Polperro was originally under the jurisdiction of the ancient manor of Raphael, mentioned in the Domesday Book. As early as the 13th century it was known for fishing and in 1303, its first historical mention in a Royal document is recorded. Parts of the harbour were rebuilt after destruction by a violent storm in 1817. The East Indiaman Albemarle was blown ashore near Polperro with her valuable cargo although the precise location of the wreck was never established! The larger (eastern) part of the village lies in the parish of Talland, whilst the older part lies in the parish of Lansallos.

Jonathan Couch who practised as the village doctor of Polperro for many years wrote the history of the village as well as various works of natural history (particularly on ichthyology). The History of Polperro, (1871), was published after his death by his son, Thomas Quiller Couch, with many further abridgements since. To Notes and Queries Couch contributed two series of articles, The Folklore of a Cornish Village 1855 and 1857, and these were incorporated in the History of Polperro to which T. Q. Couch contributed a sketch of his father’s life. The welfare of the fishermen and the prosperity of the fisheries were in his care together with his medical and scientific work.

Because of its beauty Polperro has been a magnet for artists. The painter Oskar Kokoschka spent almost a year in the village in 1939 to 1940
Smuggling is understood to have prospered since Polperro developed as a port in the 12th century. It reached its zenith in the late 18th century when Britain’s wars with America and France precipated the high taxation of many imported goods, making it worthwhile for the local fishermen to boost their income by the covert importation of spirits, tobacco and other goods from Guernsey. Much of the success of the smuggling trade through Polperro is ascribed to the influence of Zephaniah Job (1749–1822), a local merchant who became known as “The Smuggler’s Banker”. The introduction of a more organised Coast Guard service in the 19th century along with stiff penalties led to the level of smuggling dropping significantly. The aforementioned South West Coast Path actually came into being as a working path as it was originally used by Revenue Officers as they patrolled the coast in search of smugglers. Whilst the Coast Path is maintained by the National Trust, the foreshore belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall.

Couch’s House, Lansallos Street, was the home of Jonathan Couch and before him of many generations of Quillers (a family to which his wife belonged).The War Memorial is some distance from the village on the coastal path towards Talland.

Also, tucked away in the village’s winding streets (“The Warren”), visitors can find a house clad entirely in shells, known as “The Shell House”
The modern Anglican chapel of St John was in the village, a chapel of ease to Talland Parish Church, but it is now permanently closed. John Wesley visited the village in 1762 and 1768: by 1792 it was possible to build a large chapel accommodating 250 people and Methodism flourished in 19th century Polperro.
The Polperro Festival is held every year starting on the third Saturday in June and running for 9 days: the Festival includes musical performances, dancing and various other artistic activities. On New Year’s Eve, a large number of the local population dress up in costumes, traditionally as pirates, and head to one or the other of the village pubs.

MyThanks to Wikipedia for info.

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