Dam fishery, French Heritage monument to Melrand

The fisheries plan varies from one to the other. The first type of this plan a massive dry-stone masonry connecting the two banks of the Saarland (cf. fishery near Kerbihan). The second type of plan is a solid established perpendicular to shore and advancing to the middle of the River, connected to the opposite shore by a dam more or less long (see fisheries near Saint-Rivalain, downstream of the mill of the Jesse and upstream of the mill of the Poul). Finally, the third type of plan shows a massive set in the middle of the river and connected to the two sides by two jetties (see fishery near the Fos). Pertuis and openings are 3, 4 or 5 depending on the circumstances. These openings are the fisheries themselves in which is placed the operation, kind of wood studs intended to maintain the nets during floods. The texts of the regulation of water also learn us that the dams of fishery could serve as a passage for pedestrians wishing to go to the village and in the neighbouring communes, that cars were sometimes wading downstream of the fishery. The series of plans made in 1858 and 1859 by the Ponts et chaussées engineers tells us that there were five fisheries on the Saar to Melrand dating probably from the old Regime, all missing today. The vast majority of the Breton fisheries was destroyed in the second half of the 19th century because they did not comply with water regulations. These were established to prevent the effect of flooding but also to allow the passage of fish and safeguard the interests of local residents. Fisheries are attested in the middle ages, from the Ducal period. They were found on non-navigable and non-floatable rivers as the Saar and the Evel in significant numbers.

Source: Ministry of Culture, France

Dam fishery

Reported to be remarkable heritage of quality.

Structural information

Dam fishery, The fisheries plan varies from one to the other. The first type of this plan a massive dry-stone masonry connecting the two banks of the Saarland (cf. fishery (...) Dam fishery, French Heritage monument to Melrand melrand, morbihan

Location and general information

  • identifier : 90428
  • item : Barrage dit pêcherie
  • Location of the building :
    • Bretagne
    • Morbihan
    • Melrand
  • Place name : la Sarre
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 56128
  • Zip code of the municipality : 56310
  • Order in the communal list : 1
  • Name of the building :
    • The building is designated as follows : dam
  • State :
    • current state of the monument : destroyed

Dates and times

  • Period of construction :
    • The building dates mainly from the period : modern
  • Years :
    • 1858
    • 1859
  • Investigation : 2002
  • Date taken into account : 2006/08/23

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials: 4 elements are used in the main structure of the building.
    • rubble
    • ashlar
    • stone
    • granite
  • Roofing :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • No information on the coverage of the place.
  • Floors :
    • any information about this construction.
  • Stairs :
    • No stairs mentioned on this construction.
  • Decoration of the building :
    • No information about decoration.
  • Representation :
    • No information on the ornamentation of the place.
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan :
    • We do not know the type of plan for this building.

Monument and history of the place

  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :
    • Any particular element of the building is subject to protection in our database.
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other :
    • other Information : private property
  • Authors of the survey MH :
    • Tanguy Judith
    • Toscer Catherine
  • Mérimée reference : IA56000822

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