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18th or 19th century water pipe

You’ll never complain about your plumbing again! This section of wooden pipe was used to carry water to people's houses. It is made of elm and was buried in the ground. Elm was the most suitable wood to use because of the length and straight growth of the tree and its resistance to water. Other pipes were made of lead and earthenware and in 1746 iron pipes were introduced to improve the water supply. In 1800, water was only supplied for two or three hours on three days per week in order to refill the household's tank.


Accession Number: 1987 F555

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Taken on September 12, 2011