‘Bednelfysch and Iseland Fish’: Continuity in the Pre-Industrial Sea Fishery of North Northumberland, 1300-1950

By Adrian G. Osler and Katrina Porteous, published February 2010


Article examines the record of types, amounts, costs and dates of fish purchased for Durham Priory according to Cellarer’s Account Rolls over 12 months 1333-4 and states that they compare closely to records of 1480-81. Examines records of the cells of Holy Island and Farne 1350-1550 and assesses types of fish caught in artisan fisheries 1760-1950. Considers types of fishing gear used and watercraft acquired at Holy Island and Farne and concludes that these are similar to those used in 19th and early 20th centuries. Relevance of social structure of villages and part played by women is mentioned.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

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