Goffin Jumper


“Fishermen looked out to towards the sea, ignoring the land at their backs, and a stranger was someone from the next village.”

Threads – The Delicate Life of John Craske. Julia Blackburn.

From the Olive and George collection, drawing inspiration from the Norfolk fishermen’s Gansey jumpers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Goffin is a neat fitting menswear jumper.

This style borrows its name from George Larner “Cazey” Goffin, a grocer and knitter from Winterton who was related to two fishing families; the Larners and the Goffins.

The younger fishermen worked on the trawlers which sailed further afield, sometimes as far as Yorkshire but regularly to Grimsby, whilst the older fishermen liked to stay closer to home, often casting the nets or crabbing pots off their little boats within sight of their homes.