May 12 2009 By Dan Coombs
EXPERTS are looking into a back garden excavation which has been discovered after being hidden for centuries.
Adam Waine, 23, was in his back garden having a cigarette last month when he slipped and felt the earth move below him.
Upon further inspection, it emerged that his back garden in High Street, Cowley, was home to what looked like a Victorian Well, but historians are still puzzled over its actual use.
Mr Waine said: "Its like every little boy's dream, to discover something like that in your back garden.
"It is a real mystery what it was used for, everyone has their own theory.
"When we were digging it out we had to be careful and I was harnessed around a tree because we were worried it could be an old ice well, which were hundreds of foot deep."
Peter Waine, his father, said: "Its bizarre, we have found lots of old artefacts in the well.
"I just can't believe it has been under our lawn the whole time, it is incredibly well made.
"In the meantime we are left with a massive pile of earth at the back of the garden.
"Eventually I would like to turn it into a nice back garden feature."
Local historian Ken Pearce has been to visit, as has Colin Bowlt, a member of the London Archaelogical Society.
Mr Bowlt is so fascinated by the find he is planning to write a paper on it.
He said: "I think this is from around the 18th Century, but we still don't know what it is.
"It's jolly interesting, it is my theory that it may have been used as some kind of cold food store, it is bricked up at the bottom so I don't believe it would have been a water well."
The house was built in the 1950s, and is a short trip up the road from the Crown pub.