Furness Abbey

This well is used to monitor the water level in the Permo-Triassic sandstone aquifer of Barrow-in-Furness.

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Information about the well

Furness Abbey
Wellmaster ID SD27/6B
NGR 3216 4717
Datum 20.16 m AOD
Monitoring details
Type Groundwater Level
Aquifer Permo-Triassic Sandstone
Confinement Varies from unconfined to confined
Depth 91.7 m
Monitored by EA North West
Records commence 1971
Records end 2008

Hydrogeological setting

The borehole penetrates 6.1 m of till (sandy clay), beneath which it passes through 57.5 m of St Bees Sandstone Formation (part of the Sherwood Sandstone Group of Permo-Triassic age).

The aquifer is confined by the overlying Till at certain times of the year, with maximum water levels rising above the top of the aquifer. The site is located 930 m to the west of the Yarlside Fault, which marks the eastern margin of the down-faulted aquifer in the Permo-Triassic age basin.

Well or borehole construction

There is some doubt over the position and depth of the casing, as there are two versions of the record, one with the 20.4 m of casing starting 0.9 m above ground level and the other with 20.4 m of casing starting 0.9 m below ground level; the latter has been assumed to be correct.

Hydrograph response

The hydrograph has an annual sinusoidal, but spiky, appearance.

Data issues

There are data missing from October 1994 to July 1996, from December 2000 to April 2002 and post 2007.


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