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Barrowby's pumped water supply


These two maps show the part of Casthorpe Road where it descends down the steep slope. The right-hand half of these maps is the fairly level ground on the summit.

The first map was surveyed in 1886. It shows a pump in the middle of a field (highlighted in red) and two further pumps in the farmyards, as might be expected. The 'Old Quarry' was probably used to extract ironstone, more probably for use as building stone than for smelting.

The second map was surveyed in 1904 and shows an additional pump at the side of Casthorpe Road, also highlighted in red. This became known as the 'Parish Well'.

The pump no long exists but the small piece of land presumably is still owned by the local authority. There is a seat at the location enabling walkers to stop and admire the view to the south.

So the borehole for the 'Parish Well' must have been sunk between 1886 and 1905. The pump was presumably of a design called a 'hydraulic ram' which used the flow of the water (rather than electricity or steam) to propel the water.

Before the advent of corporations installing water mains in the mid-twentieth century Barrowby's water supply may have been erratic during dry summers, in part because of its hill-top location. Many houses would have had their own well, or access to a shared one. But these could have run dry during droughts. The cost of supplying water from a more reliable borehole must have been been deemed worthwhile sometime in the late nineteenth century. The name 'Parish Well' implies that it was paid for via the parish rates – an entirely plausible scenario.

If you think I've got something wrong – or can add additional information or photographs – then please email me:– bobtrubs@indigogroup.co.uk.

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