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Eyemouth in old picture postcards volume 1

Eyemouth in old picture postcards volume 1

:   W. Lawson Wood
:   Scottish Borders
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5143-6
:   80
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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Ey~mouth, Storm .


Ey~moulh. Calm.

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69. One of the earliest multiple view scenes from 1917. The weather plays so much a part of Eyemouth and the fishing industry. Rough seas mean no exit from or entrance to the harbour and subsequently no fish or wages. Calm weather is prosperity, even today. There was a very slanderous song about the Eyemouth children at the turn of the century. This was sung by children from the neighbouring villages. Fish-guts and stinkin' herrin' I Are bread and milk for an Eyemouth bairn. Such were their little lives ruied by the sea. I'm sure the Eyemouth bairns had a similar song about their neighbours.

70. It would be very unfair of me to talk of Eyemouth without mentioning her sister villages of St. Abbs and Bummouth. This first view is from Pettycowick north of St. Abbs in 1910. The spelling of the name has also changed many times. This small settlement was a former salmon fishery. The buildings are no longer there. The slipway was installed by The Northem Lighthouse Authority to land stores and supplies to the lighthouse at St. Abbs Head, now a National Nature Reserve.

71. A remarkable very early photograph of St. Abbs harbeur before the extension of the inner harbour which was first built in 1832. The village was originally called Coldingham shore. This was Coldingham's harbour, the footpath from Coldingham to St. Abbs is still called the ereel path. This scene bears virtually no resemblance at all to the present village. hut its character is still the same.

72. This postcard of a St. Abbs fishwife photographed in the snow was of Isabelle Cowe, who later was instrumental in the building of St. Abbs Haven a former rest home and now a fine hotel. 'Caller herrin' are the very sad words dated from the time of the disaster when St. Abbs also lost three men in that dreadful tempest. The card was sent to Tasmania in 1905.

Wha'l/ buy my caller herrin'?

They're no' brought here without brave darin'! Buy my caller herrin'? Ye liule ken their worth.

Wha'lI buy my herrin'?

Oh, ye may ca' them vulgar [arin', Wives and mithers maist desparing Ca' them lives 0' men.

Yes, in 1881 the cost of simple herring to the housewife was only 2lhd per lb, whereas they often cost a community 'the Jives 0' men'.

oldingham Shore-Under Row in 1868, now Harbour Terrace, St. Abbs

73. Another very old look at St. Abbs or Coldingham Shore. The Under Row which became Harbour Terrace is now completely gone, replaced as a car park! The men in the photograph reflect the hard Iives and the hard times of these early years.

74. Two miles to the south of Eyemouth is Burnrnouth. The village is itself split into four different cornrnunities; Upper Burnmouth, the village up the brae, where the Eyemouth railway terrninated; Partauhall a small linear community seen here to the north of the harbour; Ross in the centre next to the harbeur and Cowdrait to the south of the harbour. Tbc smal! hamlets could only be reached by negotiating the very steep winding brae to the warer's edge.

75. The salmon cobbles or punts on the shore line at Cowdrait. These houses perched at the edge of the tide were often battered by the North Sea storms. Burnmouth lost 24 men on Black Friday as it came to be known, This area of Burnmouth was a favourite scene for picture postcards and there are many fine examples of the people who lived and worked here,

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