Someone has been very busy in Cresswell’s streams!
On the Izaak Walton side of the railway line in Cresswell – and on either side of the road – are two culverts. Most of the time, you could barely see them because they had become completely overgrown and choked with weeds. You wouldn’t have thought water flowed through them at all.
But, they seem now to have been cleared – at least enough to get the water flowing again.
Who has been doing it is not clear. This is probably private railway land (on the eastern side at least), though it does abut up against the Blythe Park boundary – but Severn-Trent also has a responsibility for all water-courses in the county.
The stream runs under the road.
Or is it someone else?
Looking at the puddles and pools in it nowadays, most people do not realise that this stream was once strong enough to power a small water-mill, which was along its course in the old days. The mill site was somewhere along the unmade lane opposite the Izaak that runs up to the present Cresswell pumping station.
In fact, some older people say that the ruined brickwork which you can just see in the undergrowth about a hundred yards up the lane is the remains of the old mill.
As you can see from the map below, the water-course was not just a muddy ditch, as it is now, but a proper stream.
However, sometime in the middle of the last century (perhaps?), the three streams were diverted into the one river that you see now passing under Cresswell Bridge. In those days, the rivers regularly flooded, so the problem had to be sorted.
But this account raises more questions than answers.
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