Although once called the 'Roman Well' there is no real evidence that it is that old, but it has been used to measure groundwater levels in the Chalk since 1942.
Our enquiries service can help you to access groundwater level data for this well.
|West Woodyates Manor|
|Datum||110.88 m AOD|
|Monitored by||EA South West|
This well measures water levels in the Wessex Chalk aquifer between Blandford Forum and Salisbury. It is dug into Seaford Chalk. It is close to the head of a Bourne stream.
The well consists of a 45.1 metre deep oval shaft, with a diameter of 3 metres by 1.37 metres. It is recorded in some records as the 'Roman' well - but there is no evidence in the record of whether this is anything other than a name.
The well has a relatively rapid and flashy response for a Chalk well, with typical annual fluctuations of 25 metres, and evidence of rapid recharge at high levels.
A file note suggests that the well responds to changes in wind direction - possibly barometric effects or the venturi effect.
At the highest levels groundwater flooding has been recorded in the cellars of the adjacent Manor House.
Levels were noted in 1930, 1936, 1937 and 1938 prior to the commencement of regular monitoring in 1942.
Contact Andrew McKenzie for further information