George Mews Sink Hole

In the very wet winter of early 2014 sink holes became fashionable. These are, actually, rather scary holes which appear, more often in wet weather, because there was some kind of a hollow underneath and the weather has caused a collapse. Such holes can be huge, big enough to threaten houses and, in some cases, cars that have been quietly parked have found themselves way, way below ground level.

Thankfully, we can’t claim anything that dramatic in Market Lavington but in mid-March a small hole appeared in George Mews. The roadway was deemed unfit for traffic – and that, no doubt, was a wise precaution.

The hole is actually just outside the back gate to a High Street house.

A sink hole in George Mews, Market Lavington in March 2014

A sink hole in George Mews, Market Lavington in March 2014

So no, this is not some large and national newsworthy sink hole, but the problem does appear to continue sideways under the roadway.

The problem area looks to continue under the roadway

The problem area looks to continue under the roadway

Locals wondered if this might have been a well head. We searched through our maps and documents but cannot tell for sure if there was a well at this point.

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Part of a 1900 map. George Mews is roughly central.

This map dating from 1900 has where George Mews is now, roughly in the centre and it does show an italic P (a pump we believe) roughly where that hole has appeared. If there was a pump it would surely have been over a well head.

No doubt we’ll learn more when work begins on sorting out the problem.

 

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