where I was raised in Scotland, was once called "Silverdyke."
The name Silverdyke was given to the fishing village by the Dutch
traders who used to visit these shores after crossing the North
Sea. They saw the walls or "dykes" covered with the
drying herring which had been caught by local fisherman. The herring
were glinting in the sun which made the walls look silver - hence
the name. The Scottish word for silver is "Siller" and
mapmakers who heard the local name Sillerdyke spoken spelt it
People have fished from these shores for hundred of years. The
village of Cellardyke was once inhabited by mainly fishing families
where everyone had a job to do. The sons from each family would
follow their fathers to the sea and the daughters would learn
the skills neaded to be a fisherman's wife. When the industry
was at its height the harbours at Cellardyke and Anstruther would
be full of boats which all went out to catch the migrating herring.
But due to overfishing the herring stopped coming here after the
Second World War and many families had to find other jobs to do.
From the recent photos you can see that the harbours are very
quiet now and are used mainly for small "creel" boats
and pleasure craft. The fishing industry is still carried out
from nearby Pittenweem but to a much smaller scale.
information above was written by pupils from Cellardyke Primary
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