1902: Well, well, no water, no pay.


A remarkable success In water finding has just taken place at Cuckfield by Mr H Chesterman, expert water finder, engineer, and surveyor, of Bath. The expert stated a good supply of water would be found at a certain spot between 180ft and 200ft. deep from the surface. The spring was tapped at 189ft, and yields 40,000 gallons dally from a 6in. artesian tube well.


Mr Chesterman’s terms are — no water, no pay.

Source

The World's News (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 1955) Sat 18 Oct 1902.


Photo (colourised): Agriculture in Britain - Life on George Casely's Farm, Devon, England, 1942

George Casely uses a hazel twig to find water on the land around his Devon farm. According to the original caption 'Casely has the power of divining and has sunk a well in several of his pastures'.


Taken by Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer. Wikimedia public domain image.

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.