A small group of us took our lives in our hands and trudged up Westington Hill to the Conduit House to start our investigation into the course of Sir Baptist Hicks’ water supply to his mansion and the almshouses. As cars whizzed by we prodded the undergrowth and watched Rob with his ‘coat hooks’ searching for pipes (not water).
It was amazing how the wires crossed regularly as we went down the hill! Vanessa was leading the way, reading from her notes written by the late Gordon Croot, who researched this topic some years ago. We were trying to locate the troughs in Westington that took the overflow from the 17th century system and provided water for passing animals.
This was the most obvious trough, more dowsing and uncovering undergrowth is necessary to chart the water route. More to come – we will be reporting again.