"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Sioux under General
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From Uxbridge, I went into Tottenham to get a gift for a friend, who is a Hotspurs supporter. I didn’t wander about much, but did pass by an interesting piece of old Tottenham from the early days, while it was still a village of less than 3,000 inhabitants. The local people got their water supply from a well and deep underground water supplies were reached using a bucket and a rope. As time went by, water pumps on street corners were introduced – one such pump was the Old Well. It was dug in 1791 and paid for by Thomas Smith, Lord of the Manor of Tottenham, at Bruce Castle. The well was looked after and repaired by the parish council.


The Local Board of Health made improvements to the Old Well in 1859 by adding a tiled roof. The Old Well supplied most of the surrounding district with water until 1883 when the supply was found to be polluted, possibly because of poor surface drainage. The well was then chained up and has never been used since, although it has remained unchanged. 

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One response to “Day tripping….a visit to the ‘other’ side..”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    I love the history! Thank you for sharing this S!

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