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Fishermen returning to Brighton

Fishermen returning to Brighton

Etcher: Comte, B

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Ktop XLII

Item number: 17p

Genre: Topographical Print

Daniel Defoe visited Brighton in the early 18th century, noting "Bright Helmston, commonly call'd Bredhemston, a poor fishing town, old built, and on the very edge of the sea. Here again, as I mentioned at Folkstone and Dover, the fisher-men having large barks go away to Yarmouth, on the coast of Norfolk, to the fishing fair there, and hire themselves for the season to catch herrings for the merchants; and they tell us, that these make a very good business of it".

Defoe also mentions how the sea is encroaching on the houses of the town and that "above 100 house having been devoured by the water in the few years past, they are now obliged to get a brief granted to them, to beg money all over England, to raise banks against the water".

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