Amble and District
     Local History



Hallbank Well, Amble, Northumberland.

(Listed Building) to enlarge....
Path down to the Well The Well site in relation to the Manor House site (modern building occupies the same position) Reservoir access way and discharge channel Inside the reservoir. The vaulted roof would have been built on a temporary wooden arched supporting surface, evidenced by the 'squashed out' mortar.
     Hallbank Well sits on the hillside under the old Manor House ruin near High Street. Believed to be medieval in origin, this well would have supplied the Manor House and the satellite community of old 'Anbelle'. Perhaps the well also supplied fresh water to ships entering the Coquet as this was a stopping point for tolls, and most of the lower lying waters of the Coquet would be salt contaminated.

    The 'Well' in its present form consists of a post 18th century brick vaulted reservoir, approximately 6  metres by 3 metres, with the long axis aligned east west at the foot of the bank upon which the Manor house ruin stands. A small square dressed sandstone access way facing east also serves as the discharge point, the spring itself  feeding into the reservoir. The whole structure apart from the access is buried into the hillside. The runoff drains through an open culvert for a few metres before emptying into a modern drain. Discharge was quite respectable on our visit (April), but we are unsure if the feed aquifer exhibits any seasonal variation.


   also see Manor House ruin


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