Wheatley Brook

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2 maps showing the course of the Wheatley brook through the middle of Wheatley.

Tanning was a known industry in Wheatley from, at least, 1773. In December of that year, a yard was let to a fellmonger, leather-dresser or parchment-maker. In order to carry on this business, a good and plentiful source of water was needed, so the brook coming through the back yards of the properties was apposite. Wheatley brook ran along the High Street until the end of Chillingworth House garden when it went south and behind the (current) shops and the remainder of the houses along High Street then emerging and crossing Crown Square. The brook is now in a culvert under the entire length of the High Street but can still flood.

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