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TITLE
Little Vennel, Cromarty
EXTERNAL ID
PC_CAMPBELLROSS_02
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
DATE OF IMAGE
c.1910
PERIOD
1910s
CREATOR
Willie John Smith
SOURCE
Campbell Ross
ASSET ID
22035
KEYWORDS
fishing communities
Little Vennel, Cromarty

Men, women and children from the fisher community work in the Little Vennel, Cromarty, while a fiddler (Blind Benjie) plays and a well-dressed couple look on from the top of the vennel. There are slated and thatched houses, in various states of repair, with lime harl (drydash), 12-pane sash and case windows, roof dormers and, in some cases, brick chimney stacks. Larger houses of the town can be seen behind.

There was a fishing community at Cromarty at least as far back as the seventeenth century and possibly even earlier than that. The people were distinct from the rest of the town and had their own customs and dialect.

Fishing boats tended to be small and the men were able to fish close to home. The women prepared the bait and fixed it to the lines and hooks. They even carried the men out to the boats, so they would start the day with dry feet, and brought back the catch in baskets from the boats to the shore.

This is from of a series of photographs of Cromarty and its fishertown taken c.1910 by William John Smith. Smith was a resident of Cromarty and therefore familiar with his subjects. This made the pictures seem less stilted than many others of the same period.

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Little Vennel, Cromarty

ROSS: Cromarty

1910s

fishing communities

Campbell Ross

Willie John Smith Archive

Men, women and children from the fisher community work in the Little Vennel, Cromarty, while a fiddler (Blind Benjie) plays and a well-dressed couple look on from the top of the vennel. There are slated and thatched houses, in various states of repair, with lime harl (drydash), 12-pane sash and case windows, roof dormers and, in some cases, brick chimney stacks. Larger houses of the town can be seen behind.<br /> <br /> There was a fishing community at Cromarty at least as far back as the seventeenth century and possibly even earlier than that. The people were distinct from the rest of the town and had their own customs and dialect.<br /> <br /> Fishing boats tended to be small and the men were able to fish close to home. The women prepared the bait and fixed it to the lines and hooks. They even carried the men out to the boats, so they would start the day with dry feet, and brought back the catch in baskets from the boats to the shore.<br /> <br /> This is from of a series of photographs of Cromarty and its fishertown taken c.1910 by William John Smith. Smith was a resident of Cromarty and therefore familiar with his subjects. This made the pictures seem less stilted than many others of the same period.