Propagansey Exhibition 2015 October 04 2015

St.Stephens Old Church Robin Hood's Bay, East Yorkshire Coast.

Praise be to Deb Gillanders and her utterly fabulous Propergansey exhibition.


A real treat for any Gansey lover & a rare day trip out for some serious knitting inspiration.

With Ganseys sourced from all over British Isles from Scotland to Cornwall

even a few from over the North Sea in Holland.



Nice tonal mend to end of the collars & cuffs after much wear.

Below right, vintage hand stitched child's under shirt.



Hand printed postcards by local Filey artist Mel Whitaker.









The holy grail of Gansey wools..yes the mythical Poppleton's of Harrogate.




Until next year.

www.propagansey.co.uk / check PROPAGANSEY on facebook for details.







Frame Knit Fishermans Sweaters January 20 2014

Coming soon..Hand frame knitted fishermans sweaters.

Based on our traditional hand knitted Yorkshire coast Gansey sweaters.

Using the same 5ply wool from British breeds sheep, knitted in Yorkshire.



To buy your own slice of British heritage email info@waysideflower.co.uk

Flamborough Sword Dance December 27 2013

Boxing Day and our yearly pilgrimage along the cliff top to Flamborough to watch the sword dance.

A cloudless sky and warm Winter sun bathing the chalk cliffs. Bridlington in the distance.

Worsted wool red hats and mini Ganseys for the juniors. Wooden swords at the ready.

Dog & Duck square Flamborough for a rousing finale to the days events.


Hand Knitted Fishermans Ganseys, white cotton trousers and cloth caps

for the men of the village.

The circle of life is complete. Another year passes and a new one begins.



Hand Knitting a Humber Star Gansey Sweater November 29 2013

Hand Knitted Humber Star Gansey Sweater.

The ultimate Christmas Sweater. Ready for a proud son of Hull.

British 5ply worsted wool, knitted from a 500g cone. 

Harbour Flag pattern knitted across the chest in double Moss stitch.

Double thickness of yarn knitted into the first few rows of the ham

rib to give extra strength and better maintain the ribs shape.

Ladder stitch panel above the rib at the side seam.

Arm hole held on a pin ready for the sleeve to be knitted down.

Double Moss stitch panel to Gansey shoulder.

Last few rows of the rib cuff knitted on three needles.

Last job. Tying up the loose ends, carefully sewing the threads

back into Gansey.

Humber Star Gansey hand knitted in East Yorkshire by Katie Banks.



U57 - Scarborough Fishing Trawlers November 10 2013

Unfortunately for the crew of this Scarborough steam trawler the U stood for u-boat

WWI 1916 and the sinking of 11 fishing boats just off the East Yorkshire coast.



The German u-boat Captains rather unsettling map of our local waters.

Log of the German U-Boat which sank eleven Scarborough trawlers in 1916.

The following is taken from the log of the German U-Boat which sank 11 Scarborough Trawlers in 1916. He was Ritter Karl Siegfried Von Georg. This log begins just after the U-Boat had torpedoed the steamer 'Laila' and taken its crew onboard. 

The many lights of a fishing fleet come into sight. The steamers are fishing in formation in a long line. 

On a previous day a fishing steamer had come into sight and I had approached it under water to within 200-300 Metres, without noticing anything suspicious and had traversed my whole allocated area without any sign of hostile action, therefore I can only assume that this was a harmless fishing fleet and I resolve to destroy it. I approached the last steamer in the formation of approximately 12 vessels to within 40-50 metres and ask the Norwegian Captain of the Laila to do me the favour of rowing to this last steamer and informing him that a German vessel is in attendance, and whose captain is ordering him to leave his vessel immediately, along with all his crew and all his papers, and come back alongside. Any refusal to follow this order would result in the U-Boat using its weapons against it. 

I made the Captain of the Laila aware that I had no right to order him to approach the fishing steamer, but that he would be doing me a great service if he acceded to my request. The Captain gladly carried out my request. The Laila boat and a boat from the steamer came back with the crew of the Fisher Prince. The fishing vessel continues to make way, with lights on display, and nothing unusual is on board. I decide to use the Fisher Prince to assemble the crews of the remaining fishing vessels and then to destroy the steamers. An immediate attack would have merely caused the remaining vessels to flee. I confiscated the papers of the fishing vessel. Oberleutnant z. S. Von Ruckteschell, two junior officers and two men were sent back to the Fisher Prince with its crew, after the ship's captain was made to understand the officer's orders. In the event of the slightest reluctance to follow a command, the U-Boat - which would be following closely behind - would make use of its armaments. 

It was never my intention to remain close to the fishing steam during the night, I merely wanted to ensure the captains obedience by making this statement. 

Amongst the accompanying fishing fleet, one of the steamers is seen to be in motion and heading towards me. Oberleutnant z. S. Von Ruckteschell evidently notices this and heads immediately across the bows of the steamer and forces it to stop. According to its captain, it was merely attempting to set its nets properly. The crew are taken onboard the Fisher Prince. 

The Fisher Prince is called back. The steamer Tarantula, which I had gone alongside, was sunk by opening the scuppers. 

Oberleutnant z. S. Von Ruckteschell receives the order to use the Fisher Prince and make all machinery unusable and sink all the boats with the exception of one which he should use to come back onboard. Oberleutnant z. S. Von Ruckteschell with his men. I now have the complete crew back onboard. 

Proceed north of the fleet, awaiting full daylight. 

To the north a fishing steamer is in full sight. Warning shot, signal 'leave the ship'. Its papers are brought aboard, it is the steamer 'James Cook'. The steamer is sunk by artillery fire, its crew to be sent to the Fisher Prince and are towed part of the way. 

I proceed quickly, in order to avoid possible enemy submarine attacks, between the deserted fishing steamers and destroy the remaining ships by artillery fire. 

I hereby note the outstanding actions of Oberleutnant z. S. Von Ruckteschell for his contribution to the success of this action. 

To the south, a fishing steamer is attempting to flee. Warning shot, crew leaves the boat and rows across to the Fisher Prince. which is the only remaining vessel of the fishing fleet. 

The fishing steamer Harriet is sunk by artillery fire. 

To the south a fishing steamer is in sight, approach it, warning shot, the crew leaves the ship. Fishing steamer Quebec sunk by artillery fire. Papers cannot be confiscated, since a large freight steamer comes into sight to the south. By signal and a warning shot she is brought to a stop. 

Captain comes onboard with his papers, she is the steamer 'Tromp' (Norwegian) on a voyage from Amsterdam to Newcastle, unladen. 

Captain has a letter of transit from the German Ambassador in Amsterdam as the steamer is in use to bring supplies to the civilian population of Belgium from America. The Tromp is allowed to proceed, her Captain is asked to take on board the crews of the fishing steamers and the lifeboats of the Quebec and Harrier. The Captain promises to make haste with this. 

Fisher Prince is sunk by artillery. The steamer 'Tromp' had taken on board the crew of the fishing steamer. 

Steamer 'Seal' destroyed by artillery. 

Head to the south-east corner of my area to await probable counter attack and to look out again for warning vessels for zeppelin attacks. 

Fishing steamer in sight, warning shot, crew leaves ship, lifeboat with crew onboard taken into tow in order to confiscate papers. Lifeboat capsizes on being pulled level, two people who fell into the water are rescued. Crew taken on board. 

Fishing steamer 'Cynthia' sunk by artillery. 

The following fishing steamers have now been sunk:
1. Fisher Prince 136.32 t
2. Loch Ness 176.36 t 
3. St Hilda 93.86 t
4. Nil Desperandum 148t 
5. Devonshire 166.38 t
6. Otterhound 166t
7. Seal 135.4 t
8. Sunshine 210.40 t
9. Trinidad 173.68 t 
10. Harrier 191.96 t 
11. Marguerite 178.29 t 
12. Otter 157.13 t 
13. Tarantula 180.30 t 
14. James Cook 144.99 t 
(This was an error in the log. This was actually the Gamecock) 15. Eriton 
16. Aphelion 
17. Tagelie 
18. Albatross 
19. Cynthia
20. Triumph 
21. Quebec 
22. Ranze(not sunk, machinery disabled) 

Tonnage of steamers whose papers were obtained 2259.36t
5 fishing steamers with average tonnage of 160t
Total tonnage of fishing steamers sunk 3539.36 t

Some people have claimed(Ian Duncan. Scarborough Today) that the commander of the U-Boat was showing great courage in saving the lives of 126 fishermen when it would have been easier to have sunk them. The records clearly show the Commanders motives - he wanted to trick the men off the boats. By persuading the crews off the boats one by one he sank them all. If he had opened fire then they would have dispersed.

The U-Boat commander, Ritter Karl Siegfried Von Georg was merely following orders. Crews of sunken vessels had to be looked after. This was the quiet period of the U-Boat campaign following the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. The Germans desperately wanted to avoid bringing the USA into the war and so unrestricted U-Boat attacks were banned. When he asked the Norwegian skipper to go over to the Fisher Prince "it was all bluff. If the skipper refused to obey, there was nothing I could do". He was surprised at the actions of the trawler which quietly rowed over to surrender. It was the mere word "submarine" which had persauded the fishermen to surrender so obediently. They did not even attempt to warn the skippers of other boats. The commander said that "the English head wasn't working that night". The fishermen were not going to take the risk and probably knew little of the U-Boats strict orders. 

- U57 Log book 
- "Raiders of the Deep"

Read the article in full here.

Vintage Original Flamborough Gansey October 27 2013

We were fortunate enough to be able to buy this extremely rare

example of an original hand knitted Flamborough Gansey sweater recently.

It's the finest vintage Gansey we have seen. It's a real museum piece and

a beautiful example of British heritage knitwear.


Woven name label sewn neatly into the back neck.


Bought from a local auction house and originaly belonging to

Mr.D.M.Burnhill from the small village of Sewerby a couple of miles down the

coast from Flamborough Head. 


Knitted around 1940-50 in a 4ply wool, probably using the original

Poppleton's Gansey wool from Harrogate. This is a much finer yarn

then is available today. For the wearer the finer yarn means a denser

knit structure giving far better warmth and rain resistance. For the knitter  

however the finer yarn means many more hours of knitting.



The Gansey must be over 50 years old and yet it has not lost any of its

shape and hardly any of its colour. The definition of the Net Mask & Cable

patterns is staggering.


The size is now a small, washed down and shrunk a little from what was 

probably a medium when first knitted. The continuous washing by both man

and the North Sea have left the knit with a tight almost felt like structure.

It is easy to see where the phrase Fishermans Iron comes from. 

This type of traditional hand knitting really would turn water. 

Looking at the excelent condition of a Gansey this old and well made gives us

a glimpse of a time stretching away from us now. When clothes were made,

not bought and care was taken to ensure at least one lifetime of use.  

Ahh the good ol days.

Tartan Neck Scarf Fishermans Muffler September 21 2013

Our latest Tartan Neck Scarf, known locally to Bridlington

Fisherman as a Muffler. Our work continues in trying to

recreate this deceptively tricky and now rare piece of kit.

Once standard issue to all men working out on the North Sea.

Brushed cotton Stewart Royal Tartan cloth, woven in Scotland.

Usually worn to prevent your Gansey sweater or heavy oil skin

waterproofs from rubbing your neck.


The tartan neck scarf measures 73cm x 73cm square.

The devils in the details, hand frayed edges instead of turned and sewn

seams to avoid the chance of any abrasion.

With a traditional fishermans neck scarf you should always

be able to wrap the neck scarf twice around the neck before 

tying off in a knot at the front.

Tanker on the horizon heading south along the East coast

with the Bridlington Coast Guard station keeping the watch.

Hull dock worker sporting his tartan neck scarf. Pictured here around 1960.

Thanks to local fishing legend Dave for all the information and

background history on the traditional fishermans mufflers.

Shetland Pattern Gansey Sweaters September 09 2013

From the Archives - Island life North of the border, Och aye

Similar to the Yorkshire coast Gansey sweaters but generally hand

knitted in a finer 3 or 4 ply wool yarn.


Check back soon for more from The Shetland Isles.

Hand Knitting - Bridlidlington Gansey Sweater September 08 2013

Sunday afternoon 3rd fitting off our new hand knitted Bridlington Gansey

sweater and she's a purler.  5 ply worsted wool worked on five 2.5mm

needles, British breeds wool dyed and spun in Yorkshire.

Once finished should last a life time of even the roughest wear

plus can be worn inside out and back to front which is handy.

Close up on Kates handy work, Gansey sweater yolk panel.

Gansey pattern knitted down the arm as far as the elbow.

Then plain knit down to the 2 x 2 rib cuffs.

This Gansey is a size Medium, shown here on 38" chest stockman. 

The traditional Yorkshire Coast Gansey patterns of Love Hearts run

through the centre flanked by Betty Martin, Cable & Net Mask patterns.

Deep 2x2 rib used at the hem of Gansey with the last few rows worked in

double thickness yarn for extra strength.

Just the last sleeve of the Gansey sweater to knit down from the shoulder

again in the round using 5 short 2.5mm needles. Check back in around two

weeks to see the finished Gansey sweater.

St. Andrew's Fish Dock in Hull, Film 1962 September 08 2013

This film shows men working on St. Andrew's Fish Dock in Hull and the methods of their work. 

It provides an interesting look at this side of the fishing industry in 1962. 

Watch the film at: http://ow.ly/oFmop   

A trawler (The Lord Hawke, Hull) is moored alongside the dock.  Baskets of fish are transported via a series of pulleys and ropes.  They swing across from the ship on to the dock where men catch them and empty the fish in to buckets.  The buckets are then wheeled off in carts.  This sequence provides good footage of the unloading process and the dock workers from various angles.  There are close-ups of the pulleys as well as the halibut on the floor.  The men wash down the metal trays and pile them up.  Baskets of fish are pulled up from holes at the side of the docks.  Baskets of ice are emptied into the water, and some of the fish can be seen having been dropped out of the baskets. 

There are vast rows of buckets of fish, and a man in a white coat stands on top of the buckets inspecting them.  On one bucket full of fish, there is a “Birdseye”, “Newington” sign.  There is also a bucket with “Jackson Mills” and “Chappie Animal Feeding Stuffs” on it.  On the docks, the fish are being gutted and having their bones and heads removed.  A man climbs up the mast of the trawler and throws something down to a group of men in white coats.  There are scenes of wolf fish being deboned and their skins being removed. 

Trucks back up towards a warehouse, and one truck has “Bogg & Son Wholesale Fish Merchants” on its side.  In the background another truck pulls off.  A man starts to load up the trucks from the warehouse, and there are more scenes of the dock workers.  The trawler and dinghy pull away from the dock, and two men can be seen on board.  Several halibut are laid out, and a man drags one away.  The film closes with different trawlers going by including the “H329 Somerset Maugham.”

- See more at: http://yorkshirefilmarchive.com

Pot Luck, Archive Footage of The Wayside Flower September 04 2013

Watch the video at: http://www.yfaonline.com/film/pot-luck


This documentary film was made by Bill Freeman in 1962.  It focuses on the fishing industry in Bridlington and features the crew of the Wayside Flower as they bring in the catch of the day including lobsters and crabs.   

The film opens with a sunrise over the water; a man approaches the docks and climbs aboard a fishing boat.  More men arrive to board the Wayside Flower and begin to load lobster nets onto the boat.  As the boat begins its journey, the docks appear to move further into the distance.  Other boats are seen at sea as the boat rocks backwards and forwards on the waters.  The captain of the boat is inside the steering vestal.

The fishermen pull up lobster nets from the sea and unload their catch.  They begin to prepare the lobsters by tying string around the claws.  Once the catch has been unloaded, the fishermen throw the cages back into the sea.  

When the fishermen arrive back at the docks, they secure the boat with a series of ropes.  The fishermen move barrels containing the day’s catch onto a wooden platform, which is pulled up by a crane and loaded onto the docks.  There are crabs stored inside large wooden containers with rope handles marked ‘Grimsby Fish’.  

When the containers are placed on the dock, fishermen unload them and start to prepare the fish that are inside.  Two fishermen are working at a table, gutting into the fish and putting them into a basket.  Other containers marked ‘W. SIDE’ are loaded onto the crane and placed on the docks.  

Once the fishermen have unloaded their catch, they walk away from the docks towards Bridlington.

- See more at: www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com

Little Denmark archive footage, part 1 September 04 2013

Watch the video at: http://www.yfaonline.com/film/little-denmark-part-1

A film documenting the work of the R.N.L.I at Flamborough, the film also shows a day in the life of working fishermen out of Flamborough.

The film opens with shots of Flamborough Bay followed by an introduction to the contributors who are shown in close up.

There is footage of the outskirts of Flamborough followed by scenes of the village including St Oswald’s Church, ruins of Flamborough Castle, and the War Memorial where a British Legion Service of Commemoration takes place.  Service members lay a poppy wreath on the memorial.  Views of Flamborough High Street include the Royal Dog and Duck Hotel, and the Ship Hotel.  Many cars can be seen in the village, and a lady walks by pushing a pram. 

The next scene features the Fishermen’s War Memorial and a Flamborough Sword Dance display.  This is followed by a view of Flamborough Head where both the old and new lighthouse can be seen, and the lighthouse keepers are introduced.  Views of South landing and the old lifeboat hut can be seen, and there are families enjoying the sandy beach.

A crowd is gathered at the North Landing for the annual Lifeboat Flag Day.  People in fancy dress and crowds gather to watch the demonstration launch of the lifeboat.  A helicopter drops a flare as part of the event.

The next portion of the film focuses on the fishermen who make their livelihood out of Flamborough.  The day’s catch of crabs and lobsters are hauled up the beach at Flamborough and loaded on to vans.  George Emerson and his brother show us a day in the life of their fishing vessel, the Silver Line.  At sea they haul in baskets of lobsters and crabs.  Back on shore, they bate the lines with mussels and whelks for the next day.  Out on the boat there is long lining for cod and haddock.  The fish are then prepared for gutting, and the livers are kept for cod liver oil.  Seagulls swarm around the boat as it heads for the North Landing to bring in the day’s catch.

See more at: www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com

Yorkshire Life September 03 2013

A flick through the pages of Yorkshire Life and the Dalesman circa 1950.

A new ship being launched into the river Hull near Beverley.

Unmistakeble tones of the factory floor in the foreground illustration

of the workers in their traditional British Workwear of around 1950.

North Landing Flamborough and inspiration for some of

Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

The Great Gale September 03 2013

Ghostly images from the archive. The Great Gale of Bridlington 1871.



A Mothers Pride - Hand Knitting a Gansey Sweater August 30 2013

gansey-hd from Wayside Flower on Vimeo.

Thanks again to Ben & Lynn at Walker&Walker for the great feature and profile on

Katie Banks Gansey Knitter.

Photo Shoot Flamborough AW13 August 26 2013

North Landing Flamborough, home of the East Coast Gansey.

They may have taken down the moated embattlements that once isolated

this Eastermost hook of the British Isles but the people here are still a breed apart.

Tractors are used to haul the cobles ashore and up the embankment safe

from the ravages of the North Sea. A role previously belonging to donkeys.

The Emmerson family who can trace their family back through hundreds of years

on these beaches are still fishing the waters off Flamborough Head. Now along

with the occasional tourist excursion to boot.







Local Artists Mel Whitaker June 07 2013