Photographer's Note

Very much a traditional Northumbrian fishing village, Boulmer was once the haunt of smugglers.

During the 18th and 19th centuries the village was the smuggling capital of Northumberland.

Now however, this peaceful village consists of a row of cottages, one pub and a few fishing cobles.

The name Boulmer, pronounced 'Boomer', is a derivation of Bulemer, from the old English bulan-mere (bulls mere).
Boulmer has changed little in over 100 years and is one of the few true fishing villages left on the Northumberland Coast.

The major change was the arrival of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

Set within a natural haven, in a gap through an almost complete band of rock, Boulmer has no harbour.

The catch of the day is hauled up the beach on a small trailer, pulled by one of these rusting tractors.

At the beginning of the fishing season,the tractors pull the cobles down the beach, for launching to their safe anchorage.
When then the season is over, the boats are recovered and pulled up the beach for maintenance and painting over the winter months, making ready for the coming season.

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Additional Photos by marion morgan (jester5) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 66 N: 610] (2024)
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