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Deep, Dark Secret: Family Uncovers Mysterious 20-Foot-Deep Well Hidden Beneath Their Home

Family Shocked to Find 'Mystery' 20-Foot Well Under Their Home
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The family was doing renovations to their kitchen when they discovered the well.

Mar. 14 2024, Published 3:06 p.m. ET

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A startling discovery turned a routine kitchen renovation into an archaeological adventure for one English family.

Louise Watson, residing in Furness, Cumbria, was amazed when workers unearthed a 22-foot well beneath her home during renovation work.

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Describing the unexpected find, Watson said the well is "absolutely beautiful inside."

Contrary to expectations, the well appeared well-preserved rather than grimy, complete with brick lining and approximately 6 feet of water, reminiscent of a scene from the horror movie "The Ring."

The dwelling, originally constructed for iron miners, had been occupied by Watson's in-laws before she and her husband David, along with their son Jack, moved in a decade ago. Despite the property's history, the existence of the well remained unknown until the renovation.

The discovery occurred while builders were excavating for an extension at the rear of the three-bedroom cottage.

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A mysterious stone slab attached to the 130-year-old terrace piqued their curiosity, leading them to uncover the hidden well, which can be seen here.

Recalling the moment of revelation, Watson shared her initial concern when her husband informed her of the discovery while she was at work. "At first I panicked and was like ‘Is it a body? Is it a bomb?’" she said, only to discover it was, in fact, a well.

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Watson expressed disbelief that multiple generations had lived above the well without knowledge of its existence, speculating that it may have been covered intentionally.

Despite efforts to discern its original purpose, the well's history remains shrouded in mystery.

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Intrigued by the find, Watson explored the well using a camera, revealing crystal-clear water flowing from the natural water table. Though initially considering using the well as a water source, the family abandoned the idea due to cost implications.

Instead, they transformed the well into a unique feature in their kitchen, illuminating it and covering it with durable glass for safe walking. However, some visitors remain unsettled by the presence of the well, drawing comparisons to unsettling cinematic depictions.

Despite the mixed reactions, Watson remains unfazed, expressing her fascination with the well's history and her family's newfound conversation piece.


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