Filey Town Council Archives
Heritage Lottery Fund Set to Memorise Filey’s Fishing.The
Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the Crimlisk Fisher Archive
a grant of £38,300 to research and record Filey’s
The grant will allow the archive to pay
a consultant to investigate all aspects of fishing over
the last millennium. This will be recorded and become part
of the archive collection to be kept in the town for posterity.
centuries ago although tourism had been established in Filey,
fishing was still the town’s main source of income,
and employed nearly all the town’s adult population
as the fishermen required boatbuilders, women (wives) to
prepare bait and other supporting occupations. Since that
time there has been a steady decline in the industry until
today it is only a shadow of its former self.
failure of the Filey Harbour scheme in the 1880’s
was a major blow causing many fishermen to move to Scarborough,
Hull and Grimsby. It has been said by Filey Station Masters
that in its heyday between 25 and 35 railway wagons of fish
left the town every day and the maximum ever was a massive
160 wagons in one day.
Memories, documents and photographs will be collected
and shared with the community. It is hoped that everyone
with something to contribute will do so.