Wednesday, 16 January 2013
THE FISHING WOMEN OF TEIGNMOUTH
She also recorded that there was a rowing match that summer between the women of Teignmouth and the women of Shaldon.
This lively sketch of bare footed women working at the nets and the evidence that women were rowing the Teignmouth fishing boats leads one to conclude that in the eighteenth century the women of East Devon were a particularly hardy and independent sisterhood prepared to tackle anything. There is also to be considered William Maton's account of girls ploughing at Starcross some twenty years later. These 'mannish' activities were probably the consequence of many men being away for long months with the Fleet or with the Newfoundland fishery .