Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
Regional Historic Environment Record

Fish Weir and Smoke Tower, Ynys Gorad Goch

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 2757
Trust : Gwynedd
Community : Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll
Unitary authority : Ynys Mon
NGR : SH5449771292
Site Type (preferred type first) : POST MEDIEVAL FISHERY
Status : Scheduled Ancient Monument

Description :
North weir consists of a stone built wall with a series of iron-grid trap outlets. Surmounted on the wall is a stone railing imitative of an earlier wooden railing. The present fish traps appear to be C19th although fishing has been carried out on this site since at least the C16th. The Smoke Tower is probably C19th and was used for smoking the fish catch. <1> <2>

For details of use see FI file.

It was not possible to visit the site as part of the survey. Site already scheduled. Description from SMR, F.M.Davies and Senogles. A unique weir comprising two stone built arms forming a rough double V (the island forms the central part) with iron grid trap sluices. The wall is surmounted by an iron railing imitative of an earlier wooden railing. The fish are caught behind two ramps by the force of the tide. Built in an unusual situation, this trap could be seen as a heavily modified Class E trap. It does, however, incorporate many unique features that set it apart from other traps of this type. (Hopewell, 2000).

Sources :
Derby, S. , 2017 , By investigating the conception, design, and ultimate failure of the Britannia Park venture, can we evaluate the potential significance of this site in mid-19th century Caernarfonshire?
Hopewell, D. , 2000 , An Assessment of Coastal Fish Weirs and Traps. ( © )
Richards, A. , 1998 , Coastal Erosion Project: Fish Weir Survey ( © GAT)
Senogles, D. , 1969 , The Story of Ynys Gorad Goch in the Menai Straits , <2>
Jones, C. , 1983 , The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology & Underwater Exploration , <7>

Events :
42527 : An 096 Fmw Site Visit (year : 1973)
40412 : Fish Weir Survey (year : 1998)
40492 : An Assessment of Coastal Fish Weirs & Traps (year : 2000)

Related PRNs : 33276

Compiled date : 06-05-1987


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