SX3553 : The old fish cellars, Portwrinkle

near to Portwrinkle, Cornwall, Great Britain

The old fish cellars, Portwrinkle
The old fish cellars, Portwrinkle
This derelict building in Portwrinkle used to be the Pilchard processing plant. Pilchards are the reason that Portwrinkle exists. The village was set up by the local landowners, the Carew-Pole family in order to take advantage of the pilchard fisheries. The shoals of pilchard would be spotted by a look-out on the hill above the village who would guide the boats into the shoal by semaphore. Pilchards were salted and pressed in the cellar and the oil which drained off was an important by-product. The fish could then be boxed and sent away for sale. In the mid 19th century with the pilchard fisheries beginning to decline, local fisherman bought the fishery from the landowner by forming a co-operative which they called "The Poor Man's Endeavour", quite a provocative name for the time. This continued until the First World War.

The last factory producing traditionally processed Cornish pilchards operated in Newlyn and closed in October 2005.
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Monday, 31 October, 2005
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