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TITLE
Fisher Close (Big Vennel), Cromarty
EXTERNAL ID
PC_CAMPBELLROSS_12
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
DATE OF IMAGE
c.1910
PERIOD
1910s
CREATOR
Willie John Smith
SOURCE
Campbell Ross
ASSET ID
22045
KEYWORDS
fishing communities
fishing boats
Fisher Close (Big Vennel), Cromarty

Fisher families sit outside their houses in the Fisher Close (Big Vennel) in Cromarty. The causeyed (cobbled) street has a steep camber so that water and waste run off into the pow (drain) at the side. In the foreground a fisherman stands leaning on a lug spade, used to dig lugworms from the sand, and he carries a can to collect these in. The thatch of the house in the foreground is heavily overgrown, while that to the right is neat and well kept.

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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Fisher Close (Big Vennel), Cromarty

ROSS: Cromarty

1910s

fishing communities; fishing boats

Campbell Ross

Willie John Smith Archive

Fisher families sit outside their houses in the Fisher Close (Big Vennel) in Cromarty. The causeyed (cobbled) street has a steep camber so that water and waste run off into the pow (drain) at the side. In the foreground a fisherman stands leaning on a lug spade, used to dig lugworms from the sand, and he carries a can to collect these in. The thatch of the house in the foreground is heavily overgrown, while that to the right is neat and well kept.<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.