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Salmon Coops to South of Corby Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Wetheral, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.8751 / 54°52'30"N

Longitude: -2.8297 / 2°49'47"W

OS Eastings: 346854

OS Northings: 553687

OS Grid: NY468536

Mapcode National: GBR 8DP2.56

Mapcode Global: WH804.HQQJ

Entry Name: Salmon Coops to South of Corby Castle

Listing Date: 1 April 1957

Last Amended: 22 September 1983

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1087677

English Heritage Legacy ID: 77727

Location: Wetheral, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4

County: Cumbria

District: Carlisle

Civil Parish: Wetheral

Built-Up Area: Wetheral

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Wetheral Holy Trinity and St Constantine

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text

NY 45 SE

9/145 Salmon coops to South
of Corby Castle
(formerly listed
under Byre Hill Farm)


Salmon coops. C12, with later repairs, for Wetheral Priory. Structure similar
to that of a bridge with 3 splayed cutwater piers of dressed red sandstone and 2
abutments built into the bed and bank of the River Eden, between the east bank
and Monk's Island, where the river flows in 2 channels (it is thought that the
monks. created the east channel especially to catch salmon, although it could be
a natural feature). Between the piers and abutments are a series of wooden pans
and sluice-gates, intended for catching salmon going upstream to spawn, which
can be cleared by means of trap-doors above; and a cat-walk extending over the
piers as a bridge. It is difficult to date any part of this structure, but it
could well retain features of a C12 date: documents relating to the Priory
include references to the necessary Royal licenses, requires for the strict
control of such a structure. After the dissolution, the coops passed to the
Howard family of Corby Castle, who still own them and use them occasionally.
There is a wooden crane on the bank, which was probably intended for lifting the
pens in and out of the water. Illustrated; Country Life, 7 January 1954, p.34.

Listing NGR: NY4685453687

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