On Sunday 24th September 2017, in the tranquil area of Goodshawfold, three men set out to right a wrong done unto the area many years before……..
Sometime during the last decade(s) a utility company had apparently damaged the underground water supply to ‘The Spewing Duck‘, a public spring water well first built in 1855 and subsequently issued English Heritage Grade II listed status on 30th November 1984.
Those three men, Roger, Nick and Peter, aided by refreshments provided by Sue and Carol, worked tirelessly for six intensive and sweatsoaked hours to emerge victorious!
The Spewing Duck spews again!
As a young child growing up in the area around 38 years ago, I used to regularly cycle from Crawshawbooth along Stoneholme Road past the factories and up to The Spewing Duck for a refreshing and welcome drink at the well. As an adult moving back to the area, I was so saddened to visit the well with my wife and find that the water no longer flowed, so I am personally grateful to the residents for restoring a treasured childhood memory, hopefully to create some new memories for the next generation(s).
The local residents of Goodshawfold have really highlighted what community spirit is all about and repairing the water flow to the well is just one of several initiatives they have undertaken to restore their little slice of paradise to it’s former glory. Read the Rossendale Free Press article here; http://www.rossendalefreepress.co.uk/news/friends-help-bring-community-together-12603350
Want to know how ‘The Spewing Duck’ it got’s its name? Well here is the listing information from English Heritage;
SD 82 NW RAWTENSTALL GOODSHAW FOLD
2/194 Well known as “The
– Spewing Duck”
Public well of spring water, dated 1855, replacing earlier well; restored.
Stone. Rectangular stone tank, restored rectangular stone reredos with carved
head (replacing original “Celtic” head) issuing spring water through a pipe
into a semi-circular bowl below, solid triangular lintel with inscription
“ERECTED/BY/SUBSCRIPTION BY THE/INHABITANTS/and the/EXORS OF THE LATE/JOHN
HARGREAVES ESQ A.D. 1855″. History: derived its name from previous well
which had a curved pipe like a duck’s neck; “the water did not flow evenly but
in fits and starts”. (Reference: A. Peel Crawshawbooth and District, n.d.).
Listing NGR: SD8077326673