Photographer's Note

Good Morning Friends,

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This is the harbour at Polperro, in Cornwall. It is a quaint little fishing village, full of history and character.

You can see from the photograph, how the natural harbour is so nicely protected by the cliffs, on either side. But someone obviously thought a lion would add to the sense of security, keeping watch on the harbour; for if you look carefully, you will see a stone lion in the foreground.

A lion seems a little incongruous with a village built on fishing and smuggling but, it all adds to the interest!

Smuggling was a very important industry to this part of Cornwall. Here is blurb taken from a newspaper about the 'Walking Through History' series, undertaken by Tony Robinson.

In the late 18th century there was a sure-fire way to earn a living along the Cornish coast: smuggling. The tiny secretive harbours, beaches and secluded coves were ideal for the infamous illicit imports: brandy for the parson, tobacco for the clerk... It's also great walking country, as Tony discovers in his four-day trek along the stunning coastline between Plymouth and Falmouth. And the facts are extraordinary. Half of the brandy drunk in the country in the 1780s had been smuggled in illicitly through Cornwall. The smuggling business was so huge that it threatened the national economy.
In an episode of his Channel 4 television series "Walking through History" Tony discovered why so many people were involved in the trade, and why everyone else turned a blind eye. Along his route, visiting such beauty spots as Lantic Bay and Polperro, he encountered all sorts of reminders of the trade. He met descendants of the smugglers, handled weapons used in battles with the revenue men, and inspected secret account books kept by the smugglers' banker. He also heard how the government gradually turned the screws on the criminals, making their lives almost impossible, and how, in a surprising twist, the Cornish themselves decided that maybe their activities were slightly immoral!

On a dark night, it is easy to imagine Polperro's smugglers silently moving up the narrow, cobbled streets!

Have a great week, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7164 W: 315 N: 16466] (65100)
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