Tyne and Wear HER(13584): Swalwell, fish weir - Details
Swalwell, fish weir
Agriculture and Subsistence
A weir in tidal waters below Swalwell had served as a fishery. It must have been broken in 1551 to permit the passage of keels for Cuthbert Blunt, and later for his widow Barbara. The weir would have had an underwater foundation of stones surmounted by a fence of brushwood or reeds attached to stakes.
Eric Clavering and Alan Rounding, 1995, Early Tyneside Industrialism: The lower Derwent and Blaydon Burn Valleys 1550-1700, Archaeologia Aeliana, Series 5, Vol XXIII, page 255