"Wellhead" Old Town - General Tip by Ash59

Old Town - General, Edinburgh: 14 reviews and 15 photos

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by Ash59

Favorite thing: This wellhead, found just outside John Knox?s house, was one of a limited quantity of cisterns that supplied water to the old town until 1822. The water came from Comiston springs via Castlehill reservoir. By the 1780?s, the system could not provide enough water for the city?s growing population. To limit demand, the supply was limited to only 3 hours, at midnight. Those who could afford it, paid water caddies to collect their water for them, so as to not disturb their sleep.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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