Gwavas Lake

Sarah  Dawson

Staplehurst, United Kingdom

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The settlement is recorded as Nulyn in 1279 and as Lulyn in 1290, and the name is thought to be derived from the Cornish for “pool for a fleet of boats”.

Before the rise of Newlyn as an important settlement the landing rights and most property within the Newlyn area were owned by the Manor of Alverton. Newlyn’s history has been strongly linked to its role as a major fishing port. The natural protection afforded by the Gwavas Lake (an area of seawater in Mounts Bay) led to many local fishermen using this area as a preferred landing site. Newlyn harbour is first recorded in 1435 by the Bishop of Exeter; later large scale improvements to the harbour led to Newlyn becoming the predominant fishing port in Mounts Bay.

Before the 19th century “Newlyn” referred only to the area near the old quay. The part of the village which now contains the fish market was known as “Streetanowan”, this was separated at high tide from “Newlyn Town” the site of the lower part of the modern harbour being reclaimed land and formerly a beach.

Nikon D300
Sigma 10-20mm
3 bracketed exposures merged in Photomatix Pro

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