On 18 February six members of the SLHA Industrial Archaeology team visited Gunby Hall and struggled to understand how water was supplied to the Hall and other buildings in late-Victorian and Edwardian times.
A chalybeate spring rises in the park (medieval village site) a few hundred metres south-east of the hall. Close by is a cement-lined brick-encased reservoir, apparently containing a sand filter, and alongside are the remains of the base of a wind pump (presumably once lifting water from a well beneath). A short distance down the slope is a ram pump set a few feet below ground level.
The relationship and respective functions of these features is not clear and it is not possible to be sure where water was pumped to. A further visit for a detailed site investigation is planned later in the year and in the meantime documentary sources will be examined.
The visit took place at the invitation of Rachael Hall, National Trust Archaeologist. The group also benfited from the extensive local knowledge of Clive Ironmonger, Gunby's Head Gardener.