Old Coldstream well re-opened

The hole at the Leet Bridge, Coldstream revealed an old well
The hole at the Leet Bridge, Coldstream revealed an old well

A hole that suddenly appeared in the ground at Leet Bridge, Coldstream, last week looks to be an old well.

Scottish Borders Council were alerted to the potential risk to public safety and boarded it up and roped off the area until a decision is made on what to do in the long term.

The Leet Mill well hole, Coldstream

The Leet Mill well hole, Coldstream

An SBC spokesperson said: “An old well appears to have opened up at Coldstream near the Leet Bridge.

“We’ve boarded it off and put rope around the site to make it safe but wondered what’s the best way to address the problem.

“It looks like there may be a cundy that cuts through the bottom so at this stage we’re not sure if it’s just a case of back filling, or if it has a historic interest.

“It might be a case of 
extending the well above ground level and putting a cover over it.”

Suspected former well caused ground collapse beside the Leet Water in Coldstream, SBC have covered the hole.

Suspected former well caused ground collapse beside the Leet Water in Coldstream, SBC have covered the hole.

Colin McGregor from Coldstream Mains confirmed: “There was a shaft under the road that connected the mill to the Lees steading.

“The location is about correct.

“I remember the retaining wall on the steading side had the other end of this but it was blocked up a number of years ago when the wall was repaired.”

Little seems to be known of the history of the well but it is possible it was connected to the corn mill at the Lees, which at one stage had been in the possession of the nuns of Coldstream Priory.

According to research by Michael Hickman, in 1579 the Prioress Elizabeth Hoppringle and convent granted a charter to John Ker, son of Walter Ker “of Littledean, Auld Hirsel and other lands, near the water of Leet, plus the Lees, Braidhauch, Deadrig, Fireburn and Coldstream Mills which had been destroyed by the English, with a permission to rebuild.”