Newlyn lies on the shore of mounts bay adjacent to the neighbouring town of Penzance. The main industry in Newlyn is fishing, but pleasure boat trips are also an increasing industry in the town as Newlyn is becoming a popular holiday destination, and has many pubs and restaurants.
In 1595, a raid by the Spanish destroyed Penzance, Mousehole and Paul as well as Newlyn.
During 1620 the famous "Mayflower" stopped off at Newlyn old quay to take on water ready for the journey ahead and a plaque on the quay reads:
To the memory of Bill Best Harris 1914 – 1987 Historian and son of Plymouth whose researches indicated that the MAYFLOWER 16 – 8 – 1620 docked at the Old Quay Newlyn for water and supplies making it the last port of call in England The water supply at Plymouth being the cause of fever and cholera in the city Let debate begin.
The great Lisbon earthquake of 1755 caused a tsunami to strike the Cornish coast causing a great amount of damage to the whole sea side area and the sea rose ten feet in ten minutes at Newlyn.
In 2014, the indie band "Hit Parade" released the album "Cornish Pop Songs" which contains several songs about Newlyn including "Rainy Day in Newlyn" and "The Ghost of the Fishing Fleet".
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