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Woodhurst - The Fish Pond
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Woodhurst - The Fish Pond

The picture of March 2016 is a general view of the Fish Pond at Woodhurst. Being an artificial pond there is a dam on the southwest corner and the photograph was taken from there looking northwards.
The Large Version is of the abandoned rockery and stream to the north of the pond which can just be viewed through the trees on the right.
Click on Open Document to view six pictures of the Fish Pond from 1927/28. The descriptions on the pictures are those made at the time by, I assume, the owner, Mr Arthur Mountain.
In the first picture there appears to be two people on the far bank just to the right of a boat.
In the second picture, there is a man standing on the fallen tree just above the water level. Quite what he is attempting to do, I am not sure!

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Picture added on 06 March 2016 at 10:27
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I now learn that in the early 1950s the dam of the Fish Pond was very unstable and was often breached. It happened so regularly that it was decided to let the pond run dry and turn it into a conifer plantation.
This was not a great success as the Great Storm of 1987 brought down many of the trees.
All seemed lost until the early 1990s when the contractors, who were diverting the A23 to run further to the west, asked the Hyde estate if they could dump vast quantities of spoil generated by their excavators. (See picture #643)
It was decided to use the spoil to reinforce the dam and reinstate the pond. This must surely be classified as a very satisfactory ending.
Added by David Pearce on 14 April 2016
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