MEM21946 - Post-medieval and modern water supply in Dulverton (Monument)


A number of wells, pumps and water taps are marked throughout Dulverton on historic mapping.

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A number of wells (W), pumps (P) and water taps (W.T.) are marked throughout Dulverton on the First and Second Edition Ordnance Survey maps. [1-2] Wells are marked on the 1820 map behind cottages in Jury Road and Chapel Lane. [3-4] The first pumps in the town were established in 1845. In 1924, a culvert was put in from a spring into a water tank, to supply water to Dulverton. A drinking tap was available by the Rock Inn. In 1935, water was piped to Dulverton from a reservoir in the Hollam Valley, then in 1958, a pumping station was put in at Marsh Bridge. The local source of water was abandoned when Wimbleball Reservoir was opened in around 1979. [5] In the early 20th Century, many people relied on the river for water, but it was contaminated with sewage and blood and offal from slaughtering pigs and chickens. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Article in monograph: Gathercole, C.. 2003. English Heritage Extensive Urban Survey: An Archaeological Assessment of Dulverton. The Somerset Urban Archaeological Survey. English Heritage. P.14.
  • <4> Map: 1820. Map of Dulverton.
  • <5> Monograph: Dulverton and District Civic Society. 2002. The Book of Dulverton, Brushford, Bury and Exebridge. Halsgrove. P.19, 97.
  • <6> Monograph: Siraut, M.. 2009. Exmoor: The Making of an English Upland. Phillimore & Co. Ltd. 1st Edition. P.157.



Grid reference Centred SS 9129 2803 (513m by 638m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS92NW

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May 4 2020 11:38PM


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