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Well, Wellhead Gear and Wellhouse, Preston

Description: Well, Wellhead Gear and Wellhouse

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 February 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 162885

OS Grid Reference: TL1800724739
OS Grid Coordinates: 518007, 224739
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9087, -0.2859

Location: The Green, Preston, Hertfordshire SG4 7UD

Locality: Preston
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG4 7UD

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Listing Text

(West side)

9/93 Well, wellhead gear,
and wellhouse


Well, wellhead gear and wellhouse. 1872 provided by Darton family of
Temple Dinsley when local ponds had dried up in a hot summer. Well said
to be 226ft deep, now capped off. Octagonal wellhouse open at sides has
steep pointed octagonal slate roof and 8 chamfered stout oak posts now
raised on concrete pads from octagonal Yorkstone step. Cast iron gear
arranged E-W over top of well. Rectangular openwork moulded iron trestle
with battered ends, longitudinal bars at half height carrying lower axle,
another near top with another axle and top member swept up in a
segmental curve. Moulded braces sweep in to support lower bar and then
intersect as cross-bracing to upper panel. 2 large 4ft diameter
flywheels with handles one each end of lower axle. Cog of 15 teeth
engages a gear of 96 teeth on upper axle also carrying flanged iron
drawing pulley. A larger gear of 60 teeth on lower axle for unclear
purpose. King-post roof in softwood. (Branch Johnson (1970)93: inf
Mrs Nina Freebody).

Listing NGR: TL1800624744

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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