Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

Port Isaac

An inspiration for artists, writers and poets for centuries, this is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Cornwall. Port Isaac is a wonderful old-world fishing village that is so charming, everyone falls in love with the place. It's dramatic setting under high, rocky cliffs gives the whole area a timeless feel. At one time it exported corn, which is how it got it's name, "Porth Izic", meaning the "port of corn". A busy port since the Middle Ages, fishing is still an important industry here though the heyday of Port Isaac was in the 19th century when not only fish, but cargoes of stone, coal, timber and pottery were loaded and unloaded on the quayside. Huge quantities of pilchard was landed and processed here and after the arrival of the railway, these were gutted and packed in the village's many fish cellars before being dispatched by train to London and beyond. One of these old cellars is now an RNLI inshore D class lifeboat station and has seen lifeboats launching off the north Cornish coast for over 100 years, whilst others have found a wide variety of other uses. At the harbour, known locally as the Platt, fishermen still land their catches and the village becomes a hive of activity.

Taken - 14/05/2011
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Port Isaac, Cornwall
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Stephen Dutch