Lytham Mussel Tanks in Lytham, England

Until the late 20th century, the only way to gather mussels was to collect them from wild mussel beds on the seashore. Along the Ribble estuary in Lytham, England (near Blackpool), three large concrete tanks were built for local shellfish collectors to store and clean their catch. The old tanks now offer an interesting reminder of a way of life that is largely lost.

The three tanks represented the three stages of cleaning used: Standing the mussels in clean sea water for a few days allowed...

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