One of our larger tasks this winter is the dredging of Morton’s pond, this very old and pretty pond is missed by a lot of visitors, being hidden from site above the Grotto pond. Over the last few days we have pumped out water to reduce the level until we were able to pull the wooden bung we had found. After about forty minutes the flow reached the canal pond where the original jet feeding the 1st Dukes erupted with a short but muddy display which probably has not been seen for many years This fountain apparently originally reached 94 feet (28m) and was then in 1844 superseded by the Paxton engineered Emperor Fountain we see today.

Steve Porter
Assistant Head of Gardens and Domain

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