SU4981 : House with a Well, East Ilsley

taken 7 years ago, near to East Ilsley, West Berkshire, Great Britain

House with a Well, East Ilsley
House with a Well, East Ilsley
The thing in front of the house just by the drain pipe is a well windlass.
Many houses in East Ilsley had their own wells. A lot have been filled in, but there are a fair number still surviving.
The number of wells in these downland villages is, unsurprisingly, linked to their height above the water table. Villages on high ground tend to have just one deep communal village well.
Here in the bottom of a valley the water table is relatively near the surface. Indeed, in very wet years groundwater levels here get so high that wells overflow and water runs through streets and gardens and occasionally houses as East Ilsley becomes the temporary source of the River Pang.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 2 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 17 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Roads, Road transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 4946 8119 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.6478N 1:17.3059W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 4947 8118
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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