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