Boulmer shown within Northumberland
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Boulmer // is a village in Northumberland, in England. It is situated on the North Sea coast to the east of Alnwick. It is home to RAF Boulmer which is one of the main search and rescue helicopter bases in the northeast of England. Boulmer still has a volunteer lifeboat station in the village independent of the RNLI.
Boulmer was notorious for its smuggling activities, much of this illicit trade was centred around the infamous Fishing Boat Inn. In the 18th century, one of the most well-known smugglers was William Faa, king of the gypsy community. He lived some miles away in the remote Scottish village of Kirk Yetholm. Very much a traditional Northumbrian fishing village, Boulmer was once the haunt of smugglers.
During the 18th and 19th centuries the village was the smuggling capital of Northumberland.
Now however, this peaceful village consists of a row of cottages, one pub and a few fishing cobles.
The name Boulmer, pronounced 'Boomer', is a derivation of Bulemer, from the old English bulan-mere (bulls mere).
Boulmer has changed little in over 100 years and is one of the few true fishing villages left on the Northumberland Coast.
The major change was the arrival of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
Set within a natural haven, in a gap through an almost complete band of rock, Boulmer has no harbour.
The traditional blue fishing cobles have to be hauled ashore or moored in the water.
The main catch is crabs, lobsters and sea salmon.
During the spring and summer months of 2004, much of the filming for the comedy-drama series 'Distant Shores' was carried out at various locations along the Northumberland Coast.
Boulmer is featured in many scenes, including...
Hildasay Ferry and various settings depicted both inside and outside the cottages.
Much featured is the outstanding beach and sand dunes, and also the nearby countryside where the fictional new doctor's surgery was built.
As mentioned earlier, in the past Boulmer was notorious for its smuggling activities, much of this illicit trade was centred on the infamous Fishing Boat Inn (4.8/10 AA 2009) public house in Boulmer.
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