Hartlepool’s fishy historic links

A postcard view of "Scotch Fisher Girls" in Hartlepool.

A postcard view of "Scotch Fisher Girls" in Hartlepool.

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A snapshot of Hartlepool’s fishing history is captured in a new book of bygone scenes.

Hartlepool: The Postcard Collection, by Stan Laundon and Paul Chrystal, features dozens of historical facts and figures, as well as over 200 vintage photos.

Trawlers pictured at Hartlepool fish quay.

Trawlers pictured at Hartlepool fish quay.

Among the many topics covered is Hartlepool’s early fishing history - when fishmongers and curers lined the streets, and hundreds made a living as fishermen.

“At the beginning of the 19th century Hartlepool had a population of 1,400 - most of whom were engaged in the fishing industry,” said Stan.

“Eventually, after the founding of West Hartlepool in 1847, fishing gave way to shipbuilding - but it remained very important well into the 20th century.”

* Hartlepool: The Postcard Collection is published at £14.99 by Amberley.

Rows and rows of fish are up for sale in this bygone scene featuring Hartlepool's fish quay.

Rows and rows of fish are up for sale in this bygone scene featuring Hartlepool's fish quay.

A bygone view of Hartlepool fish quay.

A bygone view of Hartlepool fish quay.