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Ebbing and Flowing Well was justly considered one of the wonders of the Peak. Close to this intermitting spring is a small cavity that receives the water from several apertures by the side of it; from these the water does not, however, issue at regular intervals, for as that depends on the quantity of rain which may previously have fallen, it has sometimes, though rarely happened in very dry seasons, that the well has ceased to flow for two, three, or four weeks together. Sometimes it flows only once in twelve hours; sometimes every hour, and in very wet seasons twice or thrice within the hour. When it begins to rise, the motion of the water is at first gentle, but in a short time the quantity that issues becomes very large, and it continues to flow four minutes and half. It has been calculated that, in the space of one minute, twenty hogsheads of water are discharged. Though the flowing of the well does not happen frequently in a dry season, yet its appearance then is far more striking the cavity that receives it having previously become dry.