Possible fish weir/trap, on the Heysham foreshore. Identified by CITiZAN Archaeologists in March 2016. The structure consists of 20 stakes and 2 possible stones, forming a j-shape features, with the long arm on an east-west alignment and the short arm on a north-south alignment.
It is worth noting that there are several V-shaped fishtraps with curving arms, off Throbsahw Point, marked on the 1st edition 1891 OS map. They are labelled on the maps as “fishing baulk”. An illustration from 1816, by Daniell showing the rock-cut grave at Heysham, also shows a fishtrap in the background, roughly in the same place as the fish weir found in 2016.
The ferature is noted in the Phase 2 of the North West RCZA (Eadie G. 2012; 135)
"On the shoreline to the west of both churches, the Phase 2 survey recorded the remains of a probable post-medieval fish trap (221). This may be associated with fishing rights tied to the ecclesiastical sites on Heysham Head. The fish trap consisted of a degraded, truncated V-shaped alignment of upright timber posts, around which a wattle fence would have been constructed to form a barrier trapping fish during the ebb tide (Jecock 2011a, 2). The posts extended for a length of c.16m and c.34m and survived to a max. height of c.0.55m (Figure 4.54). The fish trap is not recorded in the Lancashire HER."
- Medieval (410 - 1540), Post-Medieval (1540 - 1901)
- Period comments
- The earliest date of the feature, as a year, if known
- The latest date of the feature, as a year, if known
- Monument Type - Broad
- Fishing site
- Monument Type - Narrow
- Fishery (fish trap)
- Monument Description
A device for catching fish, sometimes a fence or enclosure of stakes made in a river, harbour, etc.
- Evidence Type - Broad
- Evidence Type - Narrow
- Evidence Description
Man-made roofless edifice or construction which is intact or substantially intact, with significant survival of original features, even if no longer serving original intended function.
- Object Type - Broad
- Fishing object
- Object Type - Narrow
- Fish trap
- Object Description
A trap designed and used to catch fish.