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Victorian 'pool' hidden beneath a fish pond

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Historians have been left baffled after the discovery of a rare Victorian 'pool' hidden beneath a fish pond.

Restoration work in the gardens of 150-year-old Ham Manor in Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, revealed the long-forgotten secret.

Thought to be a wallowing pool, it was only discovered when water was drained from the historic ornamental pond.

However, some local historians admit they are 'puzzled' as to what the sunken structure was used for.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47497946

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Piney
46 minutes ago, Still Waters said:

However, some local historians admit they are 'puzzled' as to what the sunken structure was used for.

To allow it to be fed by a now dry spring.

The Grimaldi-Kelly family had one at their Prohibition Era party hideout on the outskirts of Philadelphia across the woods from where my family's copy of Mellor Hall stood. The pool and both the pavillions were overgrown with trees but the spring still fed the center of the pool. Actually the area was probably kept wooded for the aesthetics.  It was neat except one section was broken out and it fed a stream rather than filling. 

It's now under a subdivision and highway along with my Grandpop Jowett's architectural fancies. :(

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