(33) All fish-weirs shall be removed from the Thames, the Medway, and throughout the whole of England, except on the sea coast

from Barons of King John of England – The Magna Carta on Rap Genius

Meaning

A fishing weir (as seen above) is a kind of trap designed to keep fish in a given area by hindering their movements out of it. They were often quite large, and proved to be heavily controversial because they could impede boat passage down a given waterway.

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