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Roundway Hill, Devizes.
|NGR:||ST 99952 64230|
This rising is located in an area of small deciduous woodland at the foot of the scarp slope of Oliver's Castle. There are several smaller intermittent springs in the vicinity.
Alternate Names: None recorded.
Notes: Mother Anthony's Well provides a reliable water to a shallow chalk bottomed stream, which flows in a southwesterly direction towards Rowde. The spring has never has never been known to dry up within living memory.
Archaeological finds in the area, of flint tools from the Mesolithic and Neolithic, suggest a long history of water supply from Mother Anthony's Well. It will also have supplied water to a nearby Late Bronze Age / Early Iron Age settlement and later Roman villa / Romano-British house.
In 2017, an archaeological dig revealed evidence of a probable Roman water shrine. This 2m deep, oval, stone-lined structure had been constructed around the Mother Anthony's spring. It was lined with a a 'waterproof' cement and roofed with stone tiles.
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This entry was last updated: 2021-04-21 19:31:50
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