Before moving to south Norfolk I lived in north Norfolk, in Cromer – home of the famous Cromer crab.
I was frequently out on a crab boat, helping where I could.
I was fascinated with the whole crab fishing process and the industry in general, which continues to make up the very fabric of Cromer.
The industry has been a staple of the town for centuries, with generations of families continuing the tradition across the decades.
On the early morning trips to sea I was constantly amazed at how peaceful it often was as the sun rose and the fleet of boats took to the waters.
Cromer crab is a delicacy and most people see them dressed and for sale in shops nestled throughout the town, but I thought that people who hadn’t seen the process from pot to plate, like I had, would find it equally fascinating.
So, on one trip to sea, myself and fisherman Martin Newlands were joined by local photographer Chris Taylor, who documented the trip.
On a recent visit back to the town I saw that morning’s catch being landed and I was reminded of the photos and what a valuable insight they give into the industry that is so important to the town.
The photos were originally posted on twitter through the account of the Gangway Crab Shop which has now closed. We tweeted a photo every day for 40 days, photo by photo revealing a typical morning at sea for one of the town’s fishermen.
Here is the sequence of photographs as it originally appeared, showing the whole process from pot to plate.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into crab fishing in Cromer – the Cromer crab might not be the biggest in the country but they are certainly the tastiest…