It is said that West Cornwall’s wealth was founded on three Industries, Tin Mining, Farming and Fishing and for our coastal towns ,villages and hamlets fishing still has great importance. From Penzance to St Ives boats still work the seas. Largest of these havens is Newlyn with its old granite built fishermen’s cottages and cobbled back streets, sheltering on the west side of Mounts Bay
Home of the famous Penlee Lifeboat, this working fishing harbour also provides safe moorings for increasing numbers of leisure yachtsmen heading out beyond Lands End
A port since the 14th Century Newlyn lands the third largest tonnage and second highest value catch of fish in England. As the most Westerly commercial fishing harbour in the United Kingdom it is at the epicentre of the South West ICES areas, the home port for over 100 boats of all sizes, from inshore hand liners to deep water trawlers .
With over 50 varieties of fish and shell fish landed this harvest is one of the most diverse in Europe. Lucky visiting and local sea food lovers can buy fresh caught fish from the local merchants, whilst shippers despatch daily to the country’s finest restaurants and premier fish markets.
Newlyn has never been slow to defend the rights of its community. The Rosebud (a Cornish lugger) was one of the most famous boats ever to sail from Newlyn to London – on a mission to save the traditional cottages of Newlyn from clearance and their families from eviction in 1937. Forty years earlier, in 1896, severe clashes took place between Newlyn people, saying We are Cornishmen fighting for truth, honesty, and Christianity. We will have our Sundays honoured and Lowestoft fishermen who attempted to land fish on Sundays. This escalated into the full blown Newlyn riots which saw three gunboats and 330 soldiers intervening in the dispute.