Acrylic Fridge Magnet Of Fowey In Cornwall, United Kingdom
This is an acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of Fowey in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Fowey is a small town, civil parish and cargo port at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It has a population of around 2,300. The Domesday Book survey at the end of the 11th century records manors at Penventinue and Trenant, and a priory established nearby at Tywardreath. Circa 1300 this medieval town ran from a north gate near Boddinick Passage to a south gate at what is now Lostwithiel Street , extended a little way up the hillside and bounded on the other side by the river where merchants had their houses backing onto the waterfront. The natural harbour allowed trade to develop with Europe and local ship owners often hired their vessels to the king to support various wars, although the town also developed a reputation for piracy. In the 14th century the harbour was defended by 160 archers. After these were withdrawn, two blockhouses were built on either side of the harbour entrance. Despite these defences the town was attacked by French forces in 1457. Place House, by the church, was successfully defended against the French. This building still exists, but is mostly remodelled. A small castle was built on St Catherine's Point, the western side of the harbour entrance, around 1540. From here a Dutch attack was beaten off in 1667.
Industry In Fowey
Fowey has thrived as a port for hundreds of years, initially as a trading and naval town, then as the centre for china clay exports. In time trade went to Plymouth and elsewhere instead. Fishing became more important, but local merchants were often appointed as privateers and did some smuggling on the side. Today Fowey is busy with trawlers and yachts. The surrounding coastline of Fowey is popular with fishermen and spear-fishermen catching mullet, bass, mackerel, lobsters and cuttlefish. The seafood served in many of Fowey's restaurants comes from the Fowey estuary, or the sea.