It was a popular Sunday afternoon walk to the top of the Weets hill. A well trod footpath led up over the shoulder, along the ridge an on to the summit, which was 1,350 feet high, but as the town was 500 feet above sea level it wasn’t much of a climb. Two great chasms had been carved out of the north flank by springs that flowed out of the ground at about the 1,200 feet level. These joined at the foot of the hill and became Springs Beck, one of the two main watercourses through the town on which the early mills entirely depended. Bitter legal conflict over water rights went on for years.
Copyright © Ken Wilson 1981