‘Remarkable’ sixth Century Severn fishery legal rights for sale

The Severn estuary seen from Goldcliff, which overlooks the free fisheryPicture copyright
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The Severn estuary found from Goldcliff, which overlooks the totally free fishery

Legal rights to fish a portion of the River Severn which day back again to the sixth Century are up for sale.

The Cost-free Fishery of the Severn belonged to the historical Welsh kings of Glamorgan and Gwent, and extend 3 miles (four.8km) from the river lender in Newport to Portishead, in close proximity to Bristol.

The fishery is staying marketed on behalf of an not known south Wales proprietor.

The Canal and River Have faith in mentioned the fishery was a “impressive piece of record”.

A information cost for the large amount has still to be disclosed, but in 2000 the Inland Earnings Valuation Place of work valued the fishery at £50 for every acre.

John Ellis, nationwide fisheries and angling supervisor at the Canal and River Have faith in, instructed BBC Wales’ Fantastic Early morning Wales programme: “It can be a impressive piece of record.

“I have by no means arrive throughout something like this in my 30-furthermore a long time functioning on fisheries.”

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A map of the fishery, which stretches to Portishead, in close proximity to Bristol

The fishery pre-dates the Magna Carta, a 1215 act which prevented the Crown supplying absent fishing legal rights to all those it favoured.

It is consequently not sure by rules which defend community fishing legal rights.

“I can only feel of a single other case in point like this, about the river Towy, exactly where there is a portion of the estuary exactly where fishing legal rights are in non-public palms,” Mr Ellis mentioned.

The estuary has a combination of salmon, sea trout and eels, the fishing of which Mr Ellis mentioned would be matter to the exact limitations as any other location of sea.

He additional: “It could be a truly precious point. On the other hand it would not give the (new homeowners) carte blanche to do factors that are no for a longer period authorized. It will however be controlled if it entails sea trout or salmon.

“There could nicely be limitations on the amount of money of fish caught.

“But to very own one thing so exceptional will have a price in by itself. Who is aware what the cost could stop up staying.”


About a quarter of the legal rights to fish in the River Severn are owned by angling teams.

People today want licences from the Atmosphere Company if they are rod fishing for salmon, trout, eels or coarse fishing – but not for maritime fish.

The community have a ideal to fish in the sea under the suggest superior h2o mark of tidal waters, and any individual can fish possibly from the lender or by boat.

Paul Fosh, of Newport-based mostly Paul Fosh Auctions, known as the fishery “exceptionally precious”, and additional: “The time period ‘unique’ is typically overused but in this scenario it can be applied with out any problem.

“I am self-assured in expressing that there is no other extend of river like this everywhere else in the entire world.

“We assume to get an excellent amount of money of curiosity from a amount of diverse functions in this fishery.”

Mr Fosh mentioned the new proprietor would be capable to market permits or licences for some others to fish, with curiosity expected from individuals searching to organise fishing outings.

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