The town’s water supply was supplemented in 1804 by tapping various Common springs to feed a reservoir behind the Cowherds Inn. In 1815 Town Surveyor John Doswell Doswell wanted to build another reservoir, but his proposals were turned down. Eventually however a second reservoir was constructed to the north of the original in 1830 (now the paddling pool), and another (now the boating lake) was added in 1831. The supply main followed the Avenue, London Road and Above Bar Street. One pump stood at the north-west corner of London Road and Cumberland Place until recently. It has since been restored and now stands in Watts Park.

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