Mud horse

Contributed by Somerset Rural Life Museum

Bridgwater Bay is home to a particular kind of fishing. The tides in the bay are some of the highest in the world and when they recede vast mud flats are exposed. The only safe way to get across the mud and to bring in a catch is on a kind of sledge called a mud horse. The fisherman leans on the mud horse and pushes it forward.

Nets are strung out between wooden posts and become submerged at high tide. Mullet and other fish are collected from vertical 'trammel' nets. Shrimp are caught in nets which have wide mouths and taper to the point where they are tied to a post. The catch is gathered at low tide.

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Stolford, Somerset

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c.1970

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