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From and Article on the Archaeology of Burpham 1922

One of a group of four flat bowl barrows was destroyed in the spring of 1893 in digging the square dew-pond"21 on Perry Hill, a mile east of Burpham.22

21 The small square "dew-ponds" found in the Arundel neighbourhood were made, so we are told, some 35 years ago, by men brought from Wiltshire for the purpose. These men were very secretive about the details of their method of work, and kept their secrets to themselves. They prepared the hole dug in the ground with great care, and were very particular that all the materials used were clean and in the best possible condition. The hole dug was first lined with clay; on this were laid bundles of straw across one another, each bundle being prepared as if for thatching; these were covered with another layer of clay, and then followed a coating of line, on which two inches of very finely prepared chalk were spread. The ponds thus constructed remained in good condition for about 30 years, and required but little looking after; they were intended for sheep only, and to this end were surrounded by a one-rail wooden fence to keep out the heavier footed animals. They are thus essentially different from the larger round ponds, termed "puddle-ponds" in this district, but "dew" or "mist-ponds" elsewhere, which are lined by a thick layer of puddled clay, or by an equally thick layer of puddled chalk mixed with flint, and which are best kept in good condition by the trampling of cattle and horses. 
For other details, and much information, see Mr. E. A. Martin's Dew Ponds. 

22 6" O.S., L., S.E., 2.7" - 5.1".

From Sussex Archaeological Collections LXIII ,MCMXXII Page 15
Reproduced by courtesy of the Sussex Archaeological Society (SAS). 
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