The Deepest Hand Dug Well is a small covered well, located at Nuffield Hospital in Woodingdean, near Brighton. At first glance it is a small well covered, but in fact it is the deepest well that has ever been dug by human hands. Want to know how deep this dug well is so it is dubbed the buried well.
The well, known as the woodingdean, has a depth of 390 meters, this is equivalent to the depth of the New York’s Empire State Building.
The Woodingdean Well is an example of Victoria’s stubbornness as an engineer. This happened in 1850 ago, at that time a company called The Brighton Corporation decided to build a house or warehouse on the top of the plateau which is now called Elm Grove. This building was built for the children who live in the local workhouse. This is a school that was established as a place to teach local children about industry and free them from poverty.
Well, of course this new institution or school needs water availability. To meet all the water needs of this institution, the company decided to dig a new well. This was done because it was not possible to take it elsewhere by relying on piped flow, this was very expensive so the company decided to dig a well as a source of water for the educational institution. But what happened next was to dig a very deep spring that now well know as Deepest Hand Dug Well.
The original plan in digging this well was to dig 6 feet wide of bricks to a depth of 400 feet, but after digging for 2 years and reaching deep, no springs came out. They believed they had passed the actual spring, so the contractors signaled to create lateral space up to 30 feet to the north, but nothing happened. Then there are other lateral chambers made in the east and west but no one has managed to find a water source. Instead of giving up after a long time of work, the hospital agreed to build a 4-foot-wide shaft at the east end of the tunnel. As release in amusingplanet.
Excavations continued for the next two years even the workers were in terrible condition. The workers, lit by candles, descended rickety stairs hundreds of feet down, dug with their hand tools, made buckets of junk, and lifted it to the surface. Coupled with lowering the bricks from above to line the side of the dug well. The steam engine pumps air from above so that with this tool the workers can breathe. The scorching heat made workers sweat and had to take off their clothes in the deepest room, 4 feet wide. It’s a very sad sight.
The deeper the well, the more expensive it is to dig. The deepest well in the world (woodingdean well) costs a local tax of around £90 a week, parents are starting to fight over the cost of this. Many also joked that trying to dig up an antipodes.
Excavations continued and finally at a depth of 1285 feet (850 of which were below sea level) and it took 4 years to dig, the earth began to move. At that moment a spring appeared and the workers rushed to the surface from the great depths. It took 45 minutes to get out of the depths of this dug well, truly the deepest hand-dug well ever.
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Despite all the difficulties and obstacles that occur, the high cost, the long processing time whose goal is to save money every year. But what happened, it turned out that the well was only used for 4 years. After that the well was left for a more practical electricity supply. The goal was to save the city’s annual costs, but it ended up wasting a lot of money, and spending a lot of time digging. However, now the well has become a memory and is recorded as the deepest well ever dug by human hands.
Now, the school where the well was made is long gone, and the well still exists today. It is now known as “The Deepest Hand Dug Well”.
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