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Fishing

Fishing has been a well-established industry in the port of Padstow from time immemorial.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was the lifeblood industry of the community, providing food, employment and a valuable income to the town. 

The fishermen formed the core of the volunteers who manned the lifeboat and rescue teams; they do to this day. Fishing families have born the tragedies of loss of loved ones at sea over many centuries. 

With the coming of the railway in 1899, the markets were opened to them, with daily fish trains leaving for many parts of the UK. 

In recent times with the quota systems, the fishing fleet is very much depleted, relying mainly on shellfish, crab and lobsters; most of which is exported to Europe. 

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fishing families came to Padstow on a seasonal basis, many married into local families.

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