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Luccombe Springs

Luccombe Bottom, Bratton.

NGR:ST 92294 51863
WGS84:51.26587, -2.11183
Length:0 m
Depth:0 m
Altitude:Not recorded

At least four main springs feed the headwaters of the Stradbrook. The other springs are located at ST 92296 51853, ST 92399 52038 and ST 92417 52074. The main spring has been capped by the Wessex Water company and consequently, the Stradbrook now only carries a trickle of water. In addition, at least two other smaller springs are capped.

Alternate Names: None recorded.

Notes: In the past, the millpond of the Stradbrook powered Luccombe Mill, a cloth mill, southwest of Bratton as well as a woollen factory in the village.

The Wiltshire Times has referred to these springs as the Milbourne springs and has stated "The name Milbourne shows that in Saxon days there was a mill there and the name Milbourne, variously spelt as Mulbourne or Melbourne, was applied to the hamlet which grew along its banks. The stretch of the B3098 which runs down to the stream is called Melbourne Street today."

The springs emerge from three different geological horizons. The highest seasonal springs emerge from bands in the Middle Chalk. The middle springs are located at the junction of the Lower Chalk and the Greensand and the lowest springs emerge at the junction of the Gault and the Greensand.

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This entry was last updated: 2021-05-28 17:07:26

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