Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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Webpage updated: June 26, 2017




On Thursday June 25th 1857 the Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal reported the introduction of an 'Improved Mode of Watering the Streets'.

Suggested by a Mr Le Corney, a member of Plymouth Town Council, the plan had been tried 'with complete success' on North Hill and the procedure ran as follows:

'A man is supplied with an India rubber tube, say 200 feet in length, to one end of which is fixed a rose or watering spout, the other end is attached to a water plug connected with a main, and the water having been turned on, the man waters all the street over which his 200 yards of hose extends.  When he has done this, he goes to the next plug, and so on, until the whole of the streets are watered.  It is proposed that the men should commence at four o'clock in the morning, and if they did this they would be able to complete the watering of the whole town by seven or eight'.

It was considered that this method would save the expense of horses and carts and would cost but a quarter of expense incurred under the old method.