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Location address: United Kingdom, Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth
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Red herring is a famous export product from East Anglia. The method of preserving the herring was to soak it in brine of salt and salpeter and then smoke it over oak and turf. The story is that this technique was discovered by a Yarmouth fisherman who had an unusual large catch. He hung the surplus herrring is a room with a particularly smokey fire. The next day he noticed that the white flesh of the herring became red.
Merchants from northern Europe sailed each year to the harbour of Great Yarmouth, locally known as just Yarmouth, to buy herring. There is a peculiar story related to this in the year 1238. This was the year that the merchants didn’t come. It was the year that the Mongols attacked Europe. Rotting fish piled up in the port’s market. This was noted down by historian Matthew Paris. It indicates how instability on European level already affected at that time local economies.
Linked themes: History
Great Yarmouth, often known to locals as Yarmouth, is a coastal town in Norfolk, England. It is located at the mouth of the River Yare, 20 miles (32 km) east of Norwich.