Pencil or whistle drain

These pencil or whistle drains were found by Ian Suddaby. They were found in 2003 at Longhaven near Peterhead.  Cruden Bay Brick and Tile Works was a few miles away but where the pipes were made is unknown.

Although they did not contain water when found in the autumn, the drains appeared to be unblocked. It is thought, that in these very narrow drains, the water flow may thus be faster than in a ‘normal’ sized drain and thus not as prone to blocking with silt etc.

The tiles measure approx 12″ long x 1″ inside diameter and 1 1/2″ outside diameter although all these measurements can vary by a good 1/8″ depending on where you measure.



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