ituated in rural Northumberland, the village of Craster lies
almost half way along the Heritage Coast - a twenty mile stretch
of breathtaking coastline designated as one of the nation's
'Areas of Outstanding Beauty'. As well as being a thriving fishing
harbour, Craster has prospered over the centuries from the stone
that came from its Quarry - which was shipped off to become
the kerbstones of London. Closed down in 1939, the Quarry is
now a nature reserve under the protection of the Northumberland
it is through its smokehouse, that Craster is famous. At the
turn of the century, the North Sea was teeming with herring,
and some twenty boats supplied four kipper/herring yards in
Great barrels of best salt herring were regularly exported to
countries such as Germany and Russia, and fresh kippers were
dispatched to Billingsgate Market. In the season, crews of herring-girls
each split and gutted 2,000 fish a day. Today, the smokehouses
of L. Robson & Sons remain, and they still smoke in the traditional
way over fires of oak sawdust. The quality of taste and texture
of Craster's kippers and smoked salmon remains unchallenged,
and internationally renowned.
pleasant stroll along the cliff path from Craster are the striking
ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle which dominate the immediate horizon.
Once a Lancastrian stronghold it suffered enormous damage from
gunfire during the War of the Roses. As the waves crash around
the rocks below it is easy to imagine the guns roaring and the
castle under attack.
of Dunstanburgh Castle and The Kipper Packing were taken by Keith
Allardyce, and appear in his book 'Northumberland - A Photographer's
They are reproduced
here by his kind permission.
L. Robson & Sons Ltd. Craster, Northumberland, NE66 3TR
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