Thursday, 13 January 2011


Many places in Cornwall have provided inspiration for artists over the years, but Newlyn gave rise to a whole artistic movement: the Newlyn School. The founder of the Newlyn School, Stanhope Alexander Forbes, painted some memorable works depicting the fishing industry for which Newlyn is still known: Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach, Safe Anchorage, to name but two. However, I can claim a small personal connection to one of his works – The Health of the Bride – for I am reliably informed that a little old lady who posed as one of the characters in the picture was a relative of mine.  The Newlyn Art Gallery occupies a position alongside the shore and holds regular exhibitions and events.

My own fondest memory of Newlyn is of visiting a small, unassuming sweet shop on the main road into the village which sold – and happily still does – the most wondrous ice cream, Jelberts Ices. There was only one variety, but it had the most divine creamy colour and taste, made even better with a dollop of Cornish clotted cream on top, plus a Flake for the really indulgent.  As for fish, Newlyn is a major fishing port with one of the largest fishing fleets in the country, and its market holds lively auctions attended by local restaurateurs and fishmongers.

Map of the area.

File:Fishing boats and lifeboat in Newlyn harbour (7339).jpg
Photo by Nilfanion, via Wikimedia Commons

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