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Whelk boats, Norfolk a98_14631

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Filename: aa98_14631.jpg

Size: 4374 x 4318 (8.0MB)

Date: 16th September 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Whelk boats, Norfolk a98_14631

Wells next the Sea, Norfolk. An inshore fishing boat, the William Edward, unloads cockles at Quayside, watched by an appreciative audience. Photographed by Hallam Ashley Augusr 1949

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Media ID 1749473

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> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > Hallam Ashley Collection (1931-1980)

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1900s - 1910s

> Industry > Fishing

> Transport > Ships and boats > Catching the wind

> Transport > Ships and boats > Fishing industry


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the essence of a bygone era in the historic coastal town of Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Taken in August 1949 by renowned photographer Hallam Ashley, the image presents a tranquil scene of local life along the Quayside. At the heart of the image is the inshore fishing boat, the "William Edward," skillfully maneuvering to unload its catch of cockles. The boat's simple yet sturdy design reflects the traditional methods of Whelk fishing that have been practiced in this area for generations. The photograph is a testament to the close-knit community that thrived around the fishing industry in Wells-next-the-Sea. A small yet appreciative audience gathers on the Quayside, their expressions of interest and admiration adding to the sense of camaraderie and shared pride in the daily endeavors of the local fishermen. The water, shimmering under the sunlight, reflects the vibrant colors of the boats and the surrounding buildings, creating a harmonious blend of nature and human ingenuity. The photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the rich maritime history of Norfolk and the resilient spirit of the people who have lived and worked along its coastline for centuries. The simple act of unloading a boat's catch becomes a moment of connection between the community and the sea, a testament to the enduring bond between man and nature that continues to inspire and captivate us today.

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