Pedley’s waterworks were an elaborate undertaking in 1594 to provide the town with an additional water supply by tapping sources on the Common and elsewhere. The town ditches, various ponds and a strip of land west of what is now the Avenue were leased to him for this purpose. The channel was to enter the ditches near the Bargate and to lead to a cistern east of St. Michael's Church. The plan seems not to have been a success and Pedley’s sons surrendered the lease in c.1617. The undertaking was continued by Arthur Baker in c.1620, with no greater success.


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Further reading:
History of Southampton, by Rev. J. S. Davies, p114-119. (HS/h)


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