Mousehole and Marazion were one of two main commercial centres in the Mounts Bay area. A part of the South Quay in Mousehole is from 1390 and is considered one of the oldest piers in Cornwall. Exported lots of cured fish and woollen cloth to English garrisons. Mousehole, however, was attacked by the Spanish in a raid in 1595 in which the whole town was burnt down apart from one house!
Once known as Porth Enys meaning ‘port of the island’, Mousehole has a strong fishing heritage, over 70 commercial fishing boats still sail from the port and it was once more prominent that Penzance and Newlyn.
Mousehole also has a wild bird hospital that takes both land and seabirds into care and rehabilitates them for the wild.
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