Eel House Open Days

Eel House 2018 Open days

For 2018 the Eel house planned Open Days are to be 1st April; 20th May;  15th July; 27th
August and 16th September.

By kind permission of Frozen Image, Copyright Tessa Purkiss

A painting by Tessa Purkiss in 2009

The Eel House, a little way downstream from the end of the Dean in Alresford, has several Open Days through the year. The volunteer helpers normally just explain how the place was used, and give some of the eel history to the visitors. They are also there to help pull any people who might fall into the river, out onto the bank again. Care is needed when walking around the banks of the pool below the eel house.

The history of the eel house and eel fishing is the subject of a long story from the Alton Herald, presented on this website last year, see

Entry is free, but any donations are gratefully accepted. The latest developments are on display: the NATT and the volunteers have completed the installation of a new metal mesh floor inside the house, above the sluices, improving the visibility and the safety for children and adults alike. The next objective is to reinstall the eel traps properly in one of the three flumes, preferably with a flow control valve system as well!

We are grateful for the interest shown by our visitors, despite the rain recently. Over the three days in Autumn 2015, we counted 171 visitors, who left generous donations, and took away lots of leaflets, plus a new understanding of the life of an eel maybe. Two lady visitors actually saw an eel, not in the eel trap but by the entrance gate, in the stream running past the side of the building!

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