wooden water pipe

Contributed by Anne K

This is a section of wooden water pipe that carried water from Clerkenwell round pond to the City of London. The pipes were made from tree trunks, mainly elm, bored through from end to end.
This piece was dug up when ground was being prepared for the Northampton Institute in Clerkenwell in 1902.
Pipes were first laid by Sir Hugh Myddleton in 1613 and the last in 1797 so the pipe was in the ground for over 100 years and has now been out for over 100 years.
A section was given to my grandmother's brother, who worked for the Metropolitan Water Board at Savoy Court on The Strand, in 1906.
He had it cut into three pieces and one side of each polished by Morley & Co., piano makers in Lewisham.
This one was given to my grandmother and has hung on the wall of a family member's home ever since.

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