Salmon Pool aka St James Weir

I can’t stand beside the bench where I took this photo last June,

because a sink hole opened and swallowed the bench and the corner bank it was standing on. The weir at Salmon Pool is mostly dry, the river is flowing through a gap at the end of the damaged weir and the mill leat is temporarily sealed off.

Apparently there will be no repair, nature will take it’s course and the river will gradually return to the way it was, centuries ago before the weir was built.

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13 thoughts on “Salmon Pool aka St James Weir

  1. Reminds me of the Teme in Ludlow. They had to build a salmon passage on the weirs as they couldn’t get up when the water level was low. A good idea to leave it to nature, but a shame about the bench.

  2. I like the idea of nature taking back control. Here in Colorado, after some heavy flooding, the engineers watched the path of destruction and then allowed the river to create it’s own course again. What a concept! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sink holes can be treachery beneath ones’ feet. I have heard of those that swallowed up not only land but people in their creation. Amazing to think you stood where it now is and hopefully, the bench is all it took.

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