Wells and Water Courses of the village by Mike Robbins
An updated survey 2008 has now been completed and can be downloaded as a pdf document here. The introduction to the report is given below.
WATER SOURCES OF TINTINHULL FLOWING WATER Over the ages, water supplies in Tintinhull, have come from streams, ponds, wells and most recently by pipes [piped water was available from 1880s]. There are very few flowing water sources in Tintinhull. What there are, are very sensitive to weather conditions. The most prominent of these is Wellham’s Brook [flowing NW] which eventually feeds into the River Parrett. Wellham’s Brook forms the SW border of the parish and was used to power a water mill at Wellham’s Mill. The millpond still exists at this site. A small brook forms much of the Eastern and Southern boundaries of the Parish, eventually flowing into Wellham’s Brook. Another waterway of note is Bearley Brook that crosses the NE of the parish in the vicinity of Burlingham Farm flowing NW to join the River Yeo. A minor waterway rises in the area North of Tintinhull House, passes beneath Queens Street, in the vicinity of The Old Bakery and flows down to the A303, passing under the road and continuing on via Durnfield, eventually merging with the River Yeo. This waterway is the only flowing water source within the village proper but, unlike many villages, it is virtually unseen as it runs through a deep gully for much of its route. With the exception of Wellham’s Brook, it is probable that none of the other flowing water sources was ever used for domestic purposes.
SURVEY OF WELLS IN TINTINHULL - 2004
An initial survey of the wells of Tintinhull was carried out during the year. A total of 20 wells have been located to date. Many of them are positioned close to the older buildings in Farm Street and Queen Street. They vary in depth, according to their position in the village and range from 3 to 10 metres deep. The depths appear to indicate a common water table level within the village, but more information needs to be gathered to confirm that. The wells that are accessible have a ham stone lining, some being bottle shaped. All the wells would have been dug by hand and vary from 0.75 to 1.2 metres in diameter. The original hole for the well would have been dug out to a diameter of at least 1.5 metres, allowing the well digger a reasonable space in which to work The well shaft would have been supported by wooden shuttering as the work progressed, finally being replaced by a stone lining. Only a few of the wells have a well head [a stone or brick wall around the well opening]. A well head would have been essential for an operational well, since it provided safety, a barrier to surface water and a support for the device used to withdraw water from the well. The map below shows the approximate locations of the wells and indicates the status of each. There is strong evidence that some wells predate the 16c buildings they serve.
Additional wells have been identified since this report was prepared and they will be included in a later update. It is planned to extend this survey to ponds and water courses in the village.
If anyone has information relating to these water sources, then please contact me.
Mike Robbins Dec 2004