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Monument Number 1183446

Hob Uid: 1183446
Location :
Somerset
West Somerset
Porlock
Grid Ref : SS8589148704
Summary : Stone fish weir on Gore Point, probably of post medieval date. The weir is joined to the weir recorded as SS 84 NE 91. Both of its arms measure 30 x 4 x 0.8 metres and the sluice is 4 x 1.5 metres. A stonebuilt Medieval and/or Post Medieval coastal fish weir,was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1972. Located in the intertidal area on The Gore northwest of Porlock Weir and constructed from beach pebbles, the stone fish weir consists of two arms which are spread out to form an inverted V, with a linear opening acting as a sluice at the apex. The apex of the structure faces north to the sea, trapping fish on the outgoing tide in the pool formed behind by the area cleared of pebbles used to construct the arms. The stone weir was surveyed in 1996 as part of the RCHME East Exmoor Project and recorded as having two arms which each measure 30 x 4 x 0.8 metres, with a sluice 4 x 1.5 metres. The structure was still visible in aerial photographs taken in 1999.
More information : The remains of a stone fish weir lie in the intertidal area off Gore Point at SS 8587 4872. It forms part of a complex of fish weirs, first noted from air photographs. (1)

The weir is joined to the weir recorded as SS 84 NE 91. Both of its arms measure 30 x 4 x 0.8m and the sluice is 4 x 1.5m. It was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME Exmoor project. (2)

SS 8587 4872 A stonebuilt Medieval and/or Post Medieval coastal fish weir, centred at SS 8587 4872, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1972. Located in the intertidal area on The Gore the stone fish weir is constructed from heaped beach pebbles and consists of two linear arms, which are spread out to form an inverted V, with a linear opening about 9 metres long and 1.5 metre wide acting as a sluice at the north facing apex. The west arm is about 77 metres long and 11 metres wide. The east arm is about 91 metres long and 7 metres wide. The apex of the structure faces north to the sea, trapping fish on the outgoing tide in the pool formed behind by the area cleared of the beach pebbles used to construct the arms. The fish weir is still visible in aerial photographs taken in 1999. (3-4)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
Source details : Tidal fish weirs in West Somerset. R McDonnell.
Page(s) : 134
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Vol(s) : 124, 1980
Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Riley H 1998 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/72065 092 15-APR-1972
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Source Number : 4
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS 8548/12 (18298/14) 19-MAR-1999
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Coastal Fish Weir, Fish Trap
Evidence : Structure
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Coastal Fish Weir, Fish Trap
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33776
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 18093
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 NE 92
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL: SEVERN ESTUARY NMP, RAPID COASTAL ZONE ASSESSMENT SURVEY
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2006-04-10
End Date : 2008-11-01