Isn't the obvious conclusion that one water trough was not enough and
therefore two were installed? Or, perhaps they were designed to allow teams
of horses to be watered without removing them from the traces?
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> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] pairs of water troughs
> Hello Keith,
> thanks for your reply. It is unlikely that they are
> associated with any kind drainage sough, one pair is a few
> kilometres south
> of the lead
> mining area in Derbyshire, the other pair nowhere near a mining area.
> They appear clearly to be free-standing troughs, not part of a sough.
> In each case one trough is indeed set slightly higher than the
> other. We had
> the idea that perhaps the upper trough was for people, and the lower for
> The positions of the pairs of troughs are:
> 1. In a hollow way south of Sherbourne Brook, SK287475. E428757 N347508
> 2. In a field just north of Darley Abbey in Derby, SK350392. E435086
> Thanks again,