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There are three old buildings in Cadgwith Cove that are used by the fishermen to store their gear and process their catch. They also house a very popular art gallery and two shops selling fresh fish.
We are trying to buy all three buildings to keep them safe from the ever-present threat of development, which here would mean conversion into yet more second homes and holiday lets.
Cadgwith is visited each year by thousands of holidaymakers. If our fishing activity ever came to an end, the tourism industry would shrink and many local residents would lose their main source of income. The fishermen are at the heart of our strong sense of community and we are doing whatever we can to support them.
Our master plan is for the local parish council to take the freeholds of the buildings and then licence a not-for-profit charitable trust to look after the day-to-day management of them. There will be covenants requiring the buildings to be used by fishermen as long as they are so needed and preventing them from being sold for anyone's private gain. The parish council will still exist in fifty or one hundred years time and will use the buildings for other community purposes if they become available. There can be no element of subsidising the fishermen. They will pay an economic rent, enough to cover all expenses of maintenance and repairs.
We are already well into realising the plan. The council is raising a loan to buy one of the buildings and there is widespread support from parishioners even though the loan repayments may cause a small increase in their local council tax.
For the other two buildings, we have had professional surveys and valuations that tell us we need to find £300,000 to buy and repair them. We're hoping to raise most of that from grants but we will certainly have to do a lot of local fundraising and we are working on plans to launch that this coming summer.
If you can help or assist in any way, please contact us.
Cadgwith lifeboat crew and support in 1958. Mouseover for names

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The new lifeboat Guide of Dunkirk was stationed at Cadgwith in 1941. This required the stream running across the beach to be diverted towards The Todden to make launching easier. The extension on the seaward side of Pink Cottage was made in 1948, so thispicture must be late 40s early 50s

Cadgwith is a tiny fishing village forgotten by the 21st Century, located on the eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, England. Fishermen still push their boats down the beach to catch shellfish and wet fish which are available; weather permitting; every day. The area offers the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in the world. To the summer visitor, arriving on a sunny day, Cadgwith seems everything that a Cornish fishing village should be. A stream winding down the valley and trickling over the sand and shingle beach, whitewashed cottages, mostly thatched, scattered on both slopes of the valley and fishing boats drawn up on the beach. A place for relaxing, enjoying the peace and quiet, sitting in the sun soaking the atmosphere.

But this is only a small part of the real charm of Cadgwith. This is a real working village that holds on to a way of life almost completely forgotten elsewhere. Fishing boats still go out every day, as they have done for hundreds of years, not for pilchards nowadays but for crab (several tons a week), lobster, mackerel, shark and mullet. The pub remains the social centre of the village, our natural venue for celebrations of all kinds as well for daily chat and gossip. There is folk music every Tuesday night and traditional Cornish singing on Fridays.

All around the cove are reminders of the past - old pilchard cellars, winches, the old lifeboat house that was used until 1963, memories of much-loved fishermen who lost their lives at sea. All are carefully preserved and yet still form part of everyday life.

If you are looking for a holiday of the old fashioned simplicity, surrounded by scenery of breathtaking beauty, then look no further. Do try and come out of peak season if you possibly can. Our winters are mild, frost is rare and snow almost unknown. Spring is always early. Daffodils are picked as a commercial crop in January and the potato harvest starts in early May. The cliffs, moors and hedgerows are ablaze with wild flowers from February to June. There are golden days in October and November as fine as any in Mid- summer. We hate to see our cove deserted on warm sunny days in Spring and Autumn.

So, why not come down, forget the modern world and share life as it was shared 500 years ago. Relax a while with an ice cream or a cream tea or enjoy a drink or two on the terrace outside the pub. There's an art of living here that has largely vanished from almost anywhere else. But beware, one visit and you may want to return time and time again. Many people do and become our good friends in the process. We look forward to hearing from you.

And can anybody identify these people? I think the clinker punt is Jimmer Jane's and the white boat in the water is Queen of the Waves. The boats are numbered FH 150, 61 and 60. The sides of the stream would have been altered to discharge at a slight angle to the beach when the Guide of Dunkirk arrived in 1941. Click on the picture to see the full hi-res scan. .

This was taken around 1935. Maurice (Bunny) Legge is the person on the right nearest the camrea. Ronnie Ellis (born 1921) is standing on the left with short trousers to the right of the boat, aged about 14 or so. The man on the extreme left is Albert Edward Jane, known as Ball Jane.

Albert Edward Jane ( Ball) Jane
Ronnie Ellis  
David Walker b1927 son of Ernest Walker.  Ernest was the coast guard in Cadgwith at that time Maurice (Bunny) Legge nearest camera  



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