Cornwall

Landmark Newquay fishing 'icon' Huer's Hut restored

Huer's Hut
Image caption The listed Huer's Hut was an important part of the local fishing industry

A Cornish landmark that is part of fishing history in the West Country has been restored at a cost of £30,000.

The Huer's Hut on Towan Head, Newquay, was built in the 19th Century as a shelter for fish-spotters called huers.

The huer would shout "heva heva" ("here they are") to alert the fishermen in Newquay Harbour.

The Grade 2* listed building has been restored after residents set up a campaign group to help raise funds for its repair.

Image caption The hut has been restored using original materials such as lime mortar

Peter Hicks, from The Old Cornwall Society, said: "The huers were watching for signs of pilchards in the bay. They would notice a change in the colour of the water to a dark reddish brown.

"They would see seagulls diving in, catching fish.

"It was important job because pilchards came through the bay quite quickly."

The huer would use a trumpet-type instrument and wave gorse or heather to alert the fishermen.

At its height, millions of pilchards were exported from Cornwall before a decline in numbers.

Mr Hicks said: "Huer comes from the same derivation as hue and cry when the people of a town or village would see a thief and raise a hue and cry and chase that person."

All the repairs have been carried out using original materials such as lime mortar.

Local councillor Geoff Brown said: "It is an iconic building and means a lot to people of Newquay. I'm really delighted they've done such a fantastic job of refurbishing it."

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