The small fishing village of Craster in Northumbria overlooks the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, a once mighty fortress that clings to the rocky coastline within walking distance of the harbour. A footpath leads to the ruins and accompanied by the scent of freshly smoked kippers, a delicacy prepared locally, tourists can explore the strange basaltic cliffs so typical for this part of the Northumbria coast.
For several generations the two main sources of income for Craster’s inhabitants were fishing for herring and working in the local quarry. While the Robson family are still producing their much prized Craster kippers in their smokehouses, the Craster family’s quarry has long been turned into a car park to accommodate tourists’ cars.
To the south of Craster village proper lies the beauty spot of Cullernose Point, which is regarded as a highlight of this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a prominent feature in the landscape, together with the imposing Dunstan Hall, a mansion that lies to the west of Cranston harbour. The mansion comes complete with peel tower, providing much needed holiday accommodation.
Tourism and fishing are the two most important sources of income now. Lobster pots are strewn along the quay side, forming a picturesque foreground for visitors, when they photograph Dunstanburgh Castle.
Fishing for herring has always been a dangerous business, but even going out to collect lobster pots in a small motorboat or dinghy can be hazardous given the temperamental weather on the Northumbrian coast. It is probably true to say that working in a quarry was just as dangerous, if not more so, once explosives became part and parcel of quarrying for minerals and stones. Even when workers used just manual tools to extract stone, there would have been many work accidents with pick axes, hammers and over-burdened trolleys transporting the refuse.
Today reporting an accident at work means putting it in an accident book and at least two people, a manager and the accident victim, would sign off the reported incident. While a similar practice was the order of the day on ships, where accidents would have been recorded in the ship’s log, this was not necessarily the case in other professions. An injured quarry worker or somebody working as a chandler would have had little proof their accident happened at work and would not have been able to claim compensation without their foreman backing them up.
If you have suffered injuries in a work accident and your accident was your employer’s fault, you can claim compensation, provided your accident happened within the last 3 years. In cases of industrial diseases this 3-year rule is sometimes extended.
Where do you find an accident solicitor in Craster?
In such a small village you may not find one who offers no win no fee services, but you can always call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 to speak to an advisor, who can allocate your claim to another specialist, if no accident solicitor in Craster will take on your case or there’s none available at all.
An accident solicitor in Craster, or another specialist, can make a claim for compensation on your behalf that will include money for your pain and suffering, loss of income and any expenses you may have incurred as a result of your accident.
Date Published: 17th July 2013
Author: David Brown