Mr Ray Gorbing, architect, talks about the time before the town centre was built [Text only]

"We couldn’t stop the spring at first, it was sort of gushing up all over the place and we finally did stop it..."

Stevenage Museum

Ray: The other interesting thing in the town centre that lots of people don’t know – it happened to be, the square happened to be a garden of a large house at one time. And there were one or two interesting trees there and there’s one tree there that was a catalpa tree that was very interesting. And in this house there was a spring, a pond. And this pond was still there when we build the town centre. We couldn’t stop the spring at first, it was sort of gushing up all over the place and we finally did stop it, by  pumping concrete, hydrous concrete that set under water we finally plugged it. So between you and me underneath there is a, is a spring with a concrete plug!

Interviewer: Could you have tapped it, tapped it to supply the fountain in the middle?

Ray: Well we couldn’t it was near the fountain as it happened, it was at the corner of the Co-op just about.

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