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.

My own fondest memory of Newlyn is of visiting a small, unassuming sweet shop on the main road into the village which sold – and as far as I know 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.

Map of the area.

Newlyn Fish Festival, 2007photo © 2007 Robert Cutts | more info (via: Wylio)

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