Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

My photograph this morning shows a part of Looe Harbour.

Looe is a very pretty little village, with houses built up either side of the steep harbour sides.

In the 19th Century, Looe was not only a thriving fishing port but had become a major Cornish trading Harbour.

The problem was, there were two towns, East Looe and West Looe, facing each other across the estuary. The mayors of each trying to improve their respective harbour sides with slipways, jetties and new quay walls. However, these developments altered the flow of the river and during bad weather conditions, vessels moored either side of the harbour were damaged.

Eventually an act was passed which effectively took the management of Looe Harbour out of the hands of the squabbling mayors of East Looe and West Looe.

Revenue for the upkeep of the Harbour was collected through the levy of “harbour dues”, rental of harbour side properties and dues levied on fish landings. [These methods of income are current as of this present day]. Under the new management regime, the harbour prospered and in 1858 a new Bridge was built joining the two Looes - LOOE

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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