Fisheries were only allowed to operate under charter or by right of special privilege. They were owned by the Crown, large county estates, minor gentry and a few freehold farmers.
The industry was at its peak following the coming of the railways as the market for salmon was extended far beyond the local area.
By the 1980’s putts had disappeared from the river and putcher ranks were declining in numbers.
Today only one or two very small putcher ranks are in operation.
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Images: Thornbury & District Museum – Making Putchers, Salmon Lodge putts, Joe Cornock & putts, Rank of putts at low tide, boy with salmon