NU1813 : Clayport Pant

taken 4 years ago, near to Alnwick, Northumberland, Great Britain

Clayport Pant
Clayport Pant
On the south side of Clayport, outside Westgate House.
It is in the form of a large, squat pillar in local sandstone. There is an iron spout on the north side, with an inscribed panel above it, and the remains of a broken trough below. On the east side there are signs of repair, and remains of a metal bracket. On the west side there is a Wooden door fixed with screwed bars.
The date at 1755 makes it the oldest pant in Alnwick. (St Michael's Pant dates from 1759).
The Pants of Alnwick
Alnwick's water was originally supplied by streams and a couple of wells. A number of roads in the town follow the course of the original streams (Clayport, Hotspur Street, Wagonway Road, Canongate, Greenwell Lane and Bow Alley). The streams were not completely covered over until 1827. As they were, the water was routed through public water fountains called pants.
Alnwick flourished in the middle of the 18th century. The town became an important staging point on the Great North Road, and on the turnpike road between Hexham and Alnmouth. More pants were constructed during this period, to serve an increasingly prosperous population (Tower Well Pant:1752, Green Batt Pant:1753, clayport Pant: 1755, St Michael's Pant: 1759, Church Pant, 1778)
By the middle of the 19th century the pants were unable to provide sufficient clean water for a rapidly growing population. After a serious outbreak of Cholera in 1849 piped water was introduced. By the end of the 1850's this was to supply most of the town's needs. In the last 150 years some of the old pants have been replaced, some removed, and some destroyed by vehicles, but most are still maintained. They can still be appreciated as important features of the townscape.

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Date Taken
Monday, 30 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 2 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Water resources 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 1841 1312 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:24.6998N 1:42.6466W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 18404 13130
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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