Ancient Fish Weir.


On a visit to the Severn in 2000 with a now retired fisherman, we noticed that some of the mud flats had washed away and a number of posts forming a V shape had appeared.

Subsequent visits over the last three years have revealed more of this complex fishing weir as photographed on the right here. We think that this recently exposed weir is of considerable age possibly middle ages or earlier.

The Fishing Hut
A display of artisanal fishing craft and methods based on land and water.      
Making of fishing baskets from willow and hazel; hemp, cotton and man-made nets, along with the tools and materials which would have been in every day use in  the fishermans hut. Aspects of marine and river conservation are also addressed.

Typifying a scene which would have graced many a river and estuary bank for hundreds of years, but with a view to the future.

The exhibit is available to attend events throughout the year - please contact us for further information.


Salmon Coble.

One of three such boats which were brought to the Severn from Scotland during the 1910s.

Two remain, both floatable, we have repaired one and returned it to the fishermen who use her on the Severn and the other is now in a display at Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust at the start of the Canoe Safari (which we were pleased to be involved in the fitting out of).


The Severn Salmon Punt in the Salmonboats Collection is the last remaining one of its kind in working condition.  It is a very rare boat and its shape can be traced back to the middleages as this picture shows.

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We have a sister site making carved signs - for houses, businesses, museums, stables, waymarking etc.



The Stopnet Boat known on the rivers Wye and Severn. Our boat is now at the Wye and Severn Fishery at Newnham.





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