River Fisheries and Coastal Fish Weirs

Introductions to Heritage Assets

An introduction to river fisheries and coastal fish weirs.

A fish weir may be defined as ‘a barrier erected … in the sea or in a river to deflect fish into an opening where they can be caught in a net or wicker basket’. Almost without exception when definite examples of timber weirs have been investigated in English waters, they have been found to be Anglo-Saxon or medieval. Fish weirs do not often have direct, physical associations with other historic features in the landscape.

Descriptions of the asset type as well as its associations and a brief chronology are included.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Description
  • Chronology
  • Associations
  • Further reading
  • Where to get advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 14
  • Product Code: HEAG226


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