A Sketch of the British Isles

A Sketch of the British Isles

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...on the sea-coast, is noted for the herring fishery. The herrings are caught by the fishermen on the shores of Scotland, as well as on their own coast, and brought to Yarmouth, where they are salted, then hung up in the smoke of a wood fire, and stored away in barrels. Those which are slightly salted and smoked only for a few hours, are called bloaters; but the greater part are buried in salt for ten days; then they are taken up and strung on sticks run through their gills, and smoked for about a fortnight longer; these are called red herrings. The herring fishery begins about Michaelmas, and lasts twelve or fourteen weeks; the mackerel fishery then begins, and lasts through the winter months, many of the boats going as far as Plymouth, in Devonshire, to look after the fish. Other fish are caught all the year round by boats which go a great distance from home. The women and children are much employed in making and mending nets. There is at Yarmouth a long quay, which is thought to be the finest in England. Cambridgeshire, which lies to the west of the last two counties, is most famous for its University, which, like that of Oxford, contains a number of Colleges. King's College Chapel is thought to be one of the most beautiful chapels in England. The north part of this county is called the Isle of Ely, because it is surrounded by rivers. The surface is flat and low, so that in very rainy seasons, before it was properly drained, the water used to flow over it until the whole country became like a great lake. Huntingdonshire, which joins the western side of Cambridge, is the smallest but one of all the English counties. It took its name from the hunting downs in the higher parts of the county. There are in it three lakes, the largest of which...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123675185X
  • 9781236751850