Itís believed that these old troughs were among the first public water systems in the United Kingdom. In 1588, about a dozen troughs were built within the small village of Eyam to collect water piped in via natural springs.

For nearly 350 years, the villagers collected their drinking water from the spouts that sent fresh water gushing into the stone basin below. Horses and cattle were able to quench their thirsts by sipping from the cool water that pooled in the troughs.

But unfortunately for the village, this waterworks innovation isnít what itís known for. After the locals decided to isolate themselves during a 1665 bubonic plague outbreak to keep it from spreading, Eyam earned itself the nickname of the ďplague village.Ē
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