This weekend we went to Cornwall and had a day trip to Polperro. We had thought about going to Looe, but glad we took the better option. I can’t remember the last time I went here so it was nice to have the day out with Mum and Viveca.
Smuggling is understood to have prospered since Polperro developed as a port in the 12th century. It reached its zenith in the late 18th century when Britain’s wars with America and France precipitated the high taxation of many imported goods, making it worthwhile for the local fishermen to boost their income by the covert importation of spirits, tobacco and other goods from Guernsey and elsewhere. By the late 18th century, much of the success of the smuggling trade through Polperro was controlled by Zephaniah Job (1749–1822), a local merchant who became known as “The Smuggler’s Banker”. A more organised Coast Guard service was introduced in the 19th century together with the deterrent of stiff penalties, leading to much less smuggling. Part of the South West Coast Path was originally used by Revenue Officers as they patrolled the coast in search of smugglers. Whilst the South West Coast Path is maintained by the National Trust, the foreshore belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall.
Its a quaint place, with a lovely harbour and although the tide was out leaving a muddy shoreline there was plenty to photograph. We took out time and went for some nice fish (and poor chips) in one of the local shops topped off with some local fudge.