Was Dorset. Now West Yorkshire.
If you find out, please let us know! I'm guessing that it's history is linked to the textile weaving heritage of the town, maybe to divert run off water from washing wool into the town's waterways or possibly underground sewers? I wonder if anyone in the local museum knows? You've got me curious now, Lucy - I love a bit of history!
What a beautiful little silver treasure!I have no idea what it was for, either - nowadays a Google search only finds drip boxes for coffee machines or "vaping".I look forward to finding out :)
Caro - good idea about asking at the museum. The Calderdale Industrial Museum in Halifax has recently had a makeover / been renovated / something like that and I have yet to visit it. I will!Hello Pat at Squirrelbasket. I think I've been inadvertently misleading in the way I presented the picture. The plants at the front are small nettles (which will give you an idea of size) and I've turned the photograph almost black and white. The drip box cover is perhaps about eight inches across (?) and is iron.This is the first in a series of photographs of the same thing - well, all the same photograph but presented differently. I've been trying to work out how to deal with the light here. This drip box cover is in a very narrow path between high walls so the light is limited, and the ground was wet. On that day at least you'd have to peer down through the gloom to see it. So . . . I'm having to learn not just to 'take good pictures' but how show a scene or an object as it really is - which is not with the white sparkle of coastal Dorset! It's all so interesting being in this new environment I expect there will be a mass immigration of Loose and Leafy and Message in a Milk Bottle readers who want to come and live here too - cameras in hand!
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