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Iron constitution


With reference to Chrimes Watch (NCE last week), my paternal grandmother left Wilson House Farm, Lindale, Grange-over-Sands on her marriage in 1904.

Sadly in her reclusive later years in the 1950s - as I was embarking on my career in the water industry - she did not inform me of the presence at her former home of a number of cast iron pipes used as roof support columns for stables and other farm buildings.

These were pipes cast by John 'Iron Mad' Wilkinson, ironmaster in the 1780s, that were surplus to the contract he had for 40 miles of 8 inch diameter pipe for the city of Paris water supply system.

John Handley (M) Kendal, johnhandley@bigfoot. com

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