In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Fowey like this:
Fowey.-- small seaport, market town, and par. with ry. sta., E. Cornwall, near mouth of river Fowey, 11 miles S. of Bodmin, 1945 ac., pop. 1656; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. The principal Industry is the pilchard fishery, which is very important Fowey at one time ranked among the principal seaports in England, and sent ships to the crusades and to the blockade of Calais. ...
It has a deep and commodious harbour, well sheltered by cliffs; 180 yards W. of Whitehouse Point is a fixed light seen 5 miles. Iron ore and "China Stone" are exported. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix..
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fowey, in Restormel and Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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