Divers find lake’s lost village

Date: 1/10/2007

A team of divers who set out to solve the mystery of the drowned village of Bowood in Wiltshire has found the remains of buildings under a lake. The lake at Bowood House was created 250 years ago and legend has it a village was sacrificed to make way for the design. Diver Jon Dodsworth, leader of the Calne Sub-Aqua Club, said old maps showed a community called Manning’s Hill where the lake now stands. The team discovered stone walls and the remains of two cottages under the lake. Mr Dodsworth said the use of sonar equipment during the three, one-hour dives had been crucial to the team’s success.

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