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Commercial Wharf, Plymouth – revelations of Plymouth trade (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 13 March 2024 at 7:30 pm

Free

A talk by Martin Read, full title “Commercial Wharf, Plymouth – revelations of Plymouth trade, fishing and victualling the navy in the 17th century”.

A rescue dig on the waterfront in 2022 by Plymouth Archaeological Society led to the discovery of a site containing fascinating evidence of the life and times of the people of Plymouth in the mid-17th century. Finds from the dig provided evidence of a triangular trade involving fishermen crossing the Atlantic in the spring, taking the salted fish to Portugal and then returning to Plymouth with ceramics and other goods. Close-by, Phoenix Wharf was operating as the first dedicated Naval Victualling Yard in Plymouth, later expanding to incorporate all Commercial Wharf. The dig featured early last year in the BBC series Digging for Britain presented by Prof. Alice Roberts. 

Some research has been carried out on material from the site by specialists in the University of Plymouth, with support from the Marine Institute, who have identified more than 400 shells. Almost all were edible species, providing an insight into what Plymouth residents were consuming from the mid-17th century.

Details

Date:
Wed. 13 March 2024
Time:
7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Organiser

Plymouth Branch
Phone:
Colin Kilvington: 01752 564972
Email:
cckilvington@btinternet.com

Venue

The Plymouth Athenaeum
Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW
Website:
http://plymouthathenaeum.co.uk/