Well well well: couple find medieval shaft beneath sofa
Intrigued by the sunken floor, the retired civil servant has uncovered a 33ft
medieval well in the house where he and wife Vanessa have lived for almost 25
After three days of work Mr Steer, from Plymouth, Devon, stopped digging at
17ft and is now trying to date the unexpected find. Plans show the well dates
back to the 16th century.
"I was replacing the joists in the floor when I noticed a slight depression –
it appeared to be filled in with the foundations of the house,” he said.
"I dug down about one foot but my wife just wanted to me to cover it back up
because we had three children running around at the time.
"I always wanted to dig it out to see if I could find a pot of gold at the
bottom, so when I retired at the end of last year that's what I started to do."
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