Couple found a well under their sofa and discovered they were sitting on a piece of history

Oct 31, 2018
10:27 A.M.

After living in their family home more almost three decades, Colin and Vanessa Steer finally discovered the reason behind the sunken floor near the sofa in their living room.


According to a report from Telegraph, the couple was intrigued by the dip in the floor since a long time but it was only after Colin, a former civil servant, retired that they discovered the reason behind it.

Colin first noticed the slight depression long ago while replacing the joists in the floor. He realized that it was filled in with the foundations of the house and wanted to dig it up to see what he can find.

Previously, he had managed to dig up just about one foot after which his wife requested him to cover it back as they had three children running around the house.

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So when Colin finally retired, he began to act on his long-held desire of digging the floor deeper. “I always wanted to dig it out to see if I could find a pot of gold at the bottom,” he told the Telegraph.

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Source: YouTube/Fox News

He excavated the hole using a rope and carried out the debris with the help of a friend. Before long, he discovered an old sword.


His house, which stands on a piece of land in Mannamead Road, was apparently built over an ancient piece of history.

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Colin’s further research informed him that the land was woodland until 1895, with Drake’s leat running through it. The watercourse was built in the 16th century by Sir Francis Drake to carry water from Dartmoor to Plymouth.

"I love the well and think it's fascinating. I'd love to find out who was here before us. I've got a piece of Plymouth's history in my front room,” Colin stated.


For now, Colin has installed several lights in the structure and has covered the well by a trapdoor beside his sofa.

There are so many pieces of artifacts and historical items lying around underneath the earth, and people often make their unexpected discovery.

Previously, a man named Lukichev Dimitry from Kyrgystan also discovered a treasure chest from World War 2 buried in a piece of land where he was trying to dig a hole for his new outhouse. The land was once a part of Soviet Russia.

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