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The English fishing industry, 1790-1914: a case study of the Yorkshire coast

Robinson, Robb


Robb Robinson


This thesis contains a detailed study of the activities related to fishing from the Yorkshire coast. It further outlines  the broader development of the English Fishing industry, together with the role of the State, whilst tracing its  relationship and interaction with other areas of the economy and society during the years under review.In contrast to the trawling industry based on Hull and Grimsby, the Yorkshire coast communities were long  established fishing stations. This thesis seeks to examine the way that the traditional activities of these  communities altered, adapted and developed in response to the forces of rapid change that were then prevalent. It  looks in particular, at changes in fishing and marketing practices and at alterations in the structure of ownership  amongst the fishing fleet, whilst outlining the development of port and harbour facilities for the industry.An analysis of the causes behind the rapid spread of trawling along the North Seacoast- has been undertaken together with an assessment of the value of the Silver Pits to the first smack fishermen. The initial problems and benefits associated with the carriage of fish by rail have also been dealt with in some detail as has the later development of steam fishing.The work also charts the associated development of the Yorkshire coast herring fishery. It furthermore, seeks to explain the causes of decline which afflicted all sectors of the local industry from the 1880s onwards.In all areas of this thesis, the research work undertaken has utilised a wide variety of primary sources including records of both local and national organisations.


Robinson, R. (1984). The English fishing industry, 1790-1914: a case study of the Yorkshire coast. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Aug 15, 2011
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2023
Keywords History; Agricultural industries
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Additional Information Department of Economic and Social History, The University of Hull
Award Date Jun 1, 1984


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© 1984 Robinson, Robb. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

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