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« on: July 12, 2012, 09:04:26 pm »

I share all your enthusiasm as much as a kid getting a new toy. It was by sheer chance that a builder mentioned what he had found one morning and offered a window of opportunity to have a look. The well was recovered with its original stones that afternoon and the new floor fitted above it as it had been probably for at least the last 60 years.

I have to agree that no mortar and the layout of the bricks suggest that it should not be a well. At first glance a well is simply what springs to mind. The further pictures show more of the bricks and the water table. Something is holding water?
Sorry for now what you see is what there is. Perhaps one day the owner may sell the property and someone will have a better look. Bags first in with a shovel!

If this is a bell pit, like most it will be un-recorded. Seem to remember many references on this forum about bell pits and one description of the view from St Thomas Church about the time of the original bell fitting. The view from the church looking down witnessed a scene of bell pits as far as Nostel Priory. There has to be more wells or bell pits in the local area that have been hidden. Would love to know of any maps or evidence showing such things or is this where one is created?



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