Well meant work didn’t go so well
Workmen fitting a new lift in a Devon nursing home have uncovered a well that dates back to the early 1700s. The ancient water supply was discovered when footings for the new hydraulic shaft lift were being dug out. Work had to be put on hold while a council surveyor visited the listed building and a plan of action agreed. An elderly local woman said she remembered the well as a child, but the care home’s plans gave no indication of its existence. Engineers at the 33-bed Castle House nursing home in Torrington, a former Georgian gentleman1s residence, have now capped the well with concrete. Castle House is currently undergoing major refurbishment under new owners, Midlands-based Carlton Care Group, which saved the home from closure in July last year. The company stepped in at the eleventh-hour with a Â£750,000 deal, saving 35 jobs and the transfer of 33 patients into alternative care. It is the second nursing home the group has saved from the Parklands Care Homes Ltd stable.