During hard times poaching put food on the plates of starving families.

Coracles were an essential piece of kit for the local band of poachers, who were all expert coracle men. They hunted for rabbits and pheasants in the woods and fields along the banks of the river using fine nets. The coracle was used to ferry the nets across the river and at the end of the night the catch and nets were loaded into the coracle. One member paddled it home, whilst the rest of the gang walked back into Ironbridge empty handed, much to the frustration of the local police!