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The main activity at Mevagissey has been fishing since the 14th century and at one time it was the centre of Cornwalls pilchard industry. Today over 60 fishing boats are registered with the authorities. The harbour is built on the site of a medieval quay and the still active lighthouse, built in 1896 is situated on the south breakwater of the harbour.

Mevagissey claims to be the first town in the country to have streets lit by electricity powered from pilchard oil. A small power station built in 1895 powered the lighthouse and nearby streets. (I know the dates dont tie up so one of my sources could be a year out or maybe they built the lighthouse after they had the electricity to power it!)

The south breakwater is also used as a car park so it wasnt easy to frame the image without a car. There was a car just centimetres out of sight on the right. The lone person is fishing.

Wider view from the harbour looking towards the lighthouse in the WS

Night shot looking back into the harbour here

ISO 160 FL22mm,

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