Aspects of  fishing in  bygone Whitstable


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The Sheringham Crabbers by John Harman

John Harman discusses the distinctive Sheringham Crabber boats that migrated to Whitstable from East Anglia and were used for whelking.

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The Sheringham Johnsons by Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson's family were part of that migration from Sheringham. Ian now picks up the story of the whelking migration, the methods that the migrants introduced to Whitstable and those open boats.


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Sprat Fishing with the Leggatts by John Harman

John Harman describes another marine migration - the arrival in Whitstabke of the Leggatt Brothers (Alf and George). The Leggatt family introduced new methods that led to a significant sprat fishing enterprise on both sea and land.


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Cockling in the mid-twentieth century by John Harman

The London-Thanet line arrived in Whitstable in 1860 and, to this day, it remains our main public transport link to the wider world. Along the way it impacted on the town's development, its people and it's functions.


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Dredging for Whiteweed by John Harman

A strange catch that was destined for the table of restaurants far beyond Whitstable and generated a local cottage industry... but it was neither edible nor a weed. John Harman's article solves my mystery of 50 years!


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Dredging for Oysters with John Harman

So much can be said about the oyster industry that we hava a separate menu to deal with it. This includes a number of articles suggested and/or written by John Harman

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"Washing Down" by John Harman

In bygone days, washing the deck of fishing vessel was both essential and precarious. John explains how it was done.