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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 05 10:01 am    Post subject: springs and wells  Reply with quote    

Does anyone know if there are any resources out there for finding out where old wells and springs are around the country?
I read recently that there are thousands of ancient wells hidden away and forgotten ... and it made me interested in how us downsizers could use them again. Any ideas?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 05 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shame Behemoth's away, he's our resident water industry insider. I do recall something about this but that's as far as it goes.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 05 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You want to pop into the library and ask for the really big scale OS maps (can't recall the scale but we use whoppers when doing archaeological work), they show all the known springs and wells, and often these are long out of use. Its amazing what does show up on these maps, all sorts of useful info on land types, old sites, derelict (and often totally overgrown now) buildings and all sorts.

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