In the vicinity of Lindisfarne
harbour are a number of upturned boats that have
been cut in half and converted into
storehouses.The three in the photograph - placed
near the steep ramp leading to Lindisfarne Castle
by Edwin Lutyens in the early twentieth century -
were used to store fuel and firewood.All serve as
a reminder that the island once supported a
flourishing herring-fishing industry.
In 1859, at
the height of its prosperity,Walter White wrote
in Northumberland & the Border 'We passed the
beach where the fishing-boats come in, and saw
the huge wooden vat - if vat it be - round which
the women stand to clean the herrings, and on the
other side of the road fourteen hundred
herring-barrels in piles and rows, and two men
industrious over their final preparation.
"There wouldn't be any too many", they
said,"nor yet half enough, if the boats did
but have luck"
Not far from
the castle are the remains of lime kilns, dating
from the mid -nineteenth century. By 1900, the
herring-fishing and lime industries on
Lindisfarne had ceased to exist.