Hertfordshire Genealogy

Guide to Old Hertfordshire


The Springs



Ashwell Spring
Robert H Clark card posted in 1907

Thirty springs which rise in the village form the head of the river Cam or Granta. Large beds of coprolites have been discovered and worked out on both sides of the river.  (Kelly's Directory 1912)

"It stands upon the Source of the River Rhee, which breaks out of a Rock in this Vill from many Springs, with such Force as to form a Stream, remarkable for being clear, and  so cold, that it gripes Horses not used to drink it. Around the Spring Head grow Ash Trees very kindly, which gave occasion to the Name. The Water here bubbles out at as many Places, and in as great Abundance, and with just such a Bottom, under a Hill, as does the famous Isis or Thames in Gloucestershire. It quits the County when it goes out of this Parish, and runs by Shingay, Arrington and Barrington, to Haslingfield, where it falls into the Cam, whose Course is from Essex to Cambridge."

Salmon, History of Hertfordshire, 1728

The Springs, Ashwell
Bedwell Series

Posted 1907 

The Springs, Ashwell
Source of the River Cam
unknown publisher

posted 1905


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