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Flushing and Little Falmouth
From Elizabethan times a pilchard palace
(fish cellar), operated by the early 1600s by
the Lobb family, was in existence at Little
Falmouth, just northwest of Flushing. The
first official record of the village itself was in
1653. Before the 17th century the site
consisted of a small valley with a stream
running down into an inlet, at the head of
which was the Medieval hamlet of
Nankersey. Its transformation was the work
of local landowners John, Francis and
Samuel Trefusis, with the help of Dutch
engineers, reputedly from Vlessingen (the
name of the new village being a corruption
of this). The first stage of the development
involved the draining of the marshy inlet and
the construction of a small harbour at a place
now known as Fish Cross (owing to the fact
that fish was landed and cured here).
Seawalls were built on either side of the
harbour mouth and an inn and a few houses
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