In accordance with the arrangements made at the last Council Meeting, the Egremont Councillors and officials visited Wormghyll, the source f the proposed water supply, on Saturday. Two of Mr. James MITCHELL's wagonettes conveyed the party, which consisted of Councillors John WILSON. J. P., Al RICHARDSON, John SMITH, Henry HARTLEY, J.J. WILSON, and W. CARLTON, with the surveyor (Mr. James COWAN), inspector (Mr. S. BRAITHWAITE), water man (Mr. HORNSBY), and medical officer (Dr. G. CALDERWOOD). The drive through Calderbridge to Thorn Holme Farm, near which is the junction between the Calder and Wormghyll rivers, was productive of much interest. The walk by the side of the Wormghyll was started about twelve o'clock. At Skaldenshen Wood samples of the water were handed round, and everyone appeared satisfied with its quality. The journey was continued to the edge of Copeland Forest, where a halt was made, and through the kindness of Mr. John WILSON light refreshment was taken. The company then wended their way back to the coaches. A splendid spread was laid at the Stanley Arms Hotel, Calderbridge, in Mr. and Mrs. HAIL's well-known style.
Mr. John WILSON occupied the chair, and at the outset remarked how pleased he was that the journey had not only afforded them so much pleasure, but that the members of the Council had looked upon it as being their duty to visit Wormghyll, i.e., the head of Wormghyll, from where they sere supposed to take their water. Everyone of them would be agreed that day that Wormghyll was just the supply they needed in Egremont district, and they might feel satisfied that they were in a likely way of getting it. The estimated cost of the work was £3, 875 to bring the water down to Egremont Cross. It would be for them to take into account the advisability of continuing the seven-inch pipe up to their own, and if that was done he thought they would have completed a scheme such as their district required to-day. (Applause.) There were members of the Council-and he was one of them-who thought they ought to have an eight-inch pipe from the head of Wormghyll down to Cold Fell. They thought that when they were laying the pipes it was better to err on the side of having large mains, so as to ensure an abundant and effective supply. It was a joint supply to Winscales, and from there they continued the main right down to their own district. So far as Cogra was concerned the difficulty was to get a sufficient supply from the spring in dry weather. There would be an abundant supply at Wormghyll, and the water was free from contamination.
Mr. SMITH said the scheme ought to have been made twenty-five years ago, but he could only say that it was better late than never. The wonder was that the place was not secured by some big town before now. However, he was pleased that they were on fair lines for getting it themselves. (Hear, hear.)
Dr CALDERWOOD said the great mistake in West Cumberland during the past quarter of a century had been the insignificant schemes brought toward. There could be very little doubt, however, that the supply they had seen that day was amply sufficient in quantity, and the water would be of a very valuable nature-indeed, he thought the water was of the purest quality. He advised the Council to have an analysis taken of the water to begin with. The water appeared to be very suitable for culinary and general purposes, as it was of a remarkably soft nature.
The return journey was then made, all apparently being well satisfied with the inspection of Wormghyll.