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Sheringham


Sheringham is renowned for many extremely fine gansey patterns (in both senses of the word 'fine').


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GP1 Mr. Cox's seed stitch gansey Sheringham
1924
Mr. Cox's seed stitch gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP2 Old Charlie Grice's honeycomb gansey Sheringham
1918
Old Charlie Grice's honeycomb gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP3 Lotion Tar Bishop's meshes and ladders gansey Sheringham
1920 - 1929
Lotion Tar Bishop's meshes and ladders gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP7 Old Charlie Grice's hailstones and bars gansey Sheringham
1918
Old Charlie Grice's hailstones and bars gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP8 Latterday Cox's seed panel gansey Sheringham
undated
Latterday Cox's seed panel gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP9 Abraham Cooper's bars and squares gansey Sheringham
undated
Abraham Cooper's bars and squares gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP10 Bob Craske's plain seed stitch gansey Sheringham
undated
Bob Craske's plain seed stitch gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP11 Squinter West's machine-knitted gansey Sheringham
undated
Squinter West's machine-knitted gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

No chart
GP12 King Kong Grice's ladders and coil o'rope gansey Sheringham
undated
King Kong Grice's ladders and coil o'rope gansey
GP13 Chicken Grice's diagonal bars and seed stitch gansey Sheringham
1922
Chicken Grice's diagonal bars and seed stitch gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP14 Belsha Johnson's net mask gansey Sheringham
1914 (c)
Belsha Johnson's net mask gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP15 John Craske's plain seed stitch gansey Sheringham
undated
John Craske's plain seed stitch gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP17 William Noel Barnwell's man's chequerboard gansey Sheringham
1911
William Noel Barnwell's man's chequerboard gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP18 Milker Little's netmask gansey Sheringham
1923
Milker Little's netmask gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP19 Belsha Johnson's basket weave pattern Sheringham
undated
Belsha Johnson's basket weave pattern
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP20 John Tar Bishop's herringbone gansey Sheringham
undated
John Tar Bishop's herringbone gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP21 Robert Pegg's machine-knitted waves or marriage lines Sheringham
undated
Robert Pegg's machine-knitted waves or marriage lines
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

No chart
GP24 Belsha Johnson's herringbone and hailstones gansey Sheringham
undated
Belsha Johnson's herringbone and hailstones gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP26 Willie Long's herringone gansey Sheringham
1927
Willie Long's herringone gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP27 Buster Long's ladders and meshes gansey Sheringham
undated
Buster Long's ladders and meshes gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP29 Old Charlie Grice's plain gansey Sheringham
undated
Old Charlie Grice's plain gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

No chart
GP34 Buck Craske's machine-knitted gansey Sheringham
undated
Buck Craske's machine-knitted gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

No chart
GP35 George Salter Farrow's plain gansey Sheringham
undated
George Salter Farrow's plain gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

No chart
GP36 Old Charlie Grice's hailstones and meshes gansey Sheringham
undated
Old Charlie Grice's hailstones and meshes gansey
Norfolk Museums Service (Cromer Museum)

GP38 John Tar Bishop's diamonds and chevrons gansey Sheringham
undated
John Tar Bishop's diamonds and chevrons gansey
GP39 Esther Nurse's open meshes and hoop nets pattern Sheringham
undated
Esther Nurse's open meshes and hoop nets pattern
Sheringham Museum (M. Warren)

GP41 Jimmy Coalie Cooper's herringbone and moss stitch gansey Sheringham
undated
Jimmy Coalie Cooper's herringbone and  moss stitch gansey
GP45 Henry Little's coil o' rope and diagonal bars gansey Sheringham
undated
Henry Little's coil o' rope and diagonal bars gansey
GP46 Henry Little's meshes and diagonal bars gansey Sheringham
undated
Henry Little's meshes and diagonal bars gansey
GP47 Edie Middleton knitted for Strangers' Hall Sheringham
undated
Edie Middleton knitted for Strangers' Hall
GP48 Jimmy Chibbles Bishop's herringbone gansey Sheringham
1930-1949
Jimmy Chibbles Bishop's herringbone gansey
GP49 Jimmy Chibbles Bishop's small cables gansey Sheringham
1930-1949
Jimmy Chibbles Bishop's small cables gansey
GP50 Jimmy Paris' lightning and hailstones gansey Sheringham
undated
Jimmy Paris' lightning and hailstones gansey
GP51 Sparrow Hardingham's gansey Sheringham
1920 - 1930
Sparrow Hardingham's gansey
Old photo of Sheringham fishermen wearing ganseys

Above is a superb studio photograph by Hellis and Sons, a firm of London photographers who had studios around the country. It shows twelve Sheringham fishermen round about 1900 to 1910 apparently at the studios in the fishing port Great Grimsby in Lincolnshire. It seesm to represent the crews of several 'great boats' from Sheringham who would go there 'in the season' to land their catch. Numbers mentioned below are from back row left to front row right. The machine made gansey #2 could have been purchased at the Cosalt depot in Beeston Road but the others are hand knitted. Are they all Sheringham-made ganseys or were some purchased from commercial knitters? For example GP58 and GP59 do not appear typical of Sheringham and even the netmasks GP57 and GP60 are generic.

GP52 Sheringham fisherman #1 Jack Martins' net mask and herringbone gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
Jack Martins' net mask and herringbone gansey
GP53 Sheringham fisherman #2 George "Salter" Farrow's machine made gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
Potter Hardingham's machine made gansey No chart
GP54 Sheringham fisherman #3 Billy West's double meshes and hailstones gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
Sheringham double meshes and hailstones gansey
GP55 Sheringham fisherman #4 (a Little?) bars and hailstones gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
Sheringham bars and hailstones gansey
GP56 Sheringham fisherman #5 lightning and hailstones gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
Sheringham lightning and hailstones gansey
GP57 Sheringham fisherman #6 "Alma" West's net mask gansey Sheringham
1900 - 1910 (c)
Alma West's net mask gansey
GP58 Sheringham fisherman #7 Potter Hardingham's chevron and Betty Martin panels gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
Chevrons and Betty Martin gansey
GP59 Sheringham fisherman #8 Old Charlie Grice's big diamonds gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
Chevrons and Betty Martin gansey
GP60 Sheringham fisherman #9 Rook Reynolds net mask gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
Rook Reynolds' net mask gansey
GP61 Sheringham fisherman #10 Jacob Martins' net mask and herringbone gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
Jacob Martins' net mask and herringbone gansey
GP62 Sheringham fisherman #11 "Chicken" Grice's gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
Chicken Grice's meshes and ribs gansey
GP63 Sheringham fisherman #12 "King Kong" Grice's gansey Sheringham
1900 (c)
King Kong Grices' coil o'rope and hailstones gansey
GP65 Willie Long's diagonal bars and Betty Martin gansey Sheringham
1910 (c)
Willie Long diagonal bars and Betty Martin gansey
GP66 Sheringham fisherman's meshes and Betty Martin gansey Sheringham
1900-1910 (c)
Sheringham meshes and Betty Martin gansey
GP68 Robert "Dowsey" Little's gansey Sheringham
1900-1910 (c)
Dowsey Little's coil o'rope and cross-bars gansey