Couple discover medieval well and sword under sofa
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Couple discover “33ft deep well” under sofa
A Plymouth couple have discovered what they believe to be a 33ft well dating back to the 16th century under the Victorian home they bought 24 years ago.
Colin and Vanessa Steer first discovered the well not long after they moved into the property in Mannamead Road, but after digging down about a foot, they decided to cover it up fearing the safety of their three children.
However, when Mr Steer retired last year he spent three days clearing the well – which is around 30 inches wide – and believes it to be around 33ft deep. After digging down five feet he also discovered an old sword.
Mr Steer has since put lighting in the well - which he has now dug down to 17ft - and built a trap-door into the living room floor for easy access.
He told the Plymouth Herald: "I've been doing lots of research into its history but I'd like to try and find someone to date it.
"I've looked at old maps which showed Drake's leat and illustrated the area was just woodland until this house was built in 1895.
"I love the well and think it's fascinating. I'd love to find out who was here before us. I've got a piece of Plymouth's history in my front room."
Mr Steer is appealing for experts to help date the well. His email is email@example.com.