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Well in Lož - miniature sheet

Date of issue: 23.09.2022
Author: Marko Prah
Motive: Well in Lož - miniature sheet
Printed by: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Printing Process and Layout: 4-colour offset in miniature sheet of 1 stamp
Paper: Tullis Russell Chancellor Litho PVA RMS GUM, 102 g/m2
Size: Stamp 29.82 x 42.60 mm; miniature sheet 70 x 60 mm
Perforation: Harrow 14 : 14
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SKU: 907791
€2.58

 

Well with weighted pumping mechanism in Lož – a rarity among wells

 

The well in the centre of Lož, a settlement in the south-western Notranjska region, is a rarity among wells in Slovenia. Not by virtue of its role as a former gathering place for the local population – a function shared by the majority of village wells – but because of its special pump, operated with the help of a weighted lever.

 

By moving this lever manually to the left and right, water was pumped from the well.  It is this that makes the well a remarkable piece of technical and cultural heritage. It was built in 1876, as confirmed by the year on the ornamental metal flag on its pavilion hipped roof. Although Lož was connected to the water supply in the 1960s, individual villagers continued to go to the well for water. The well was restored in 2006.

 

The large trough next to the well was used to water livestock, although in Austro-Hungarian times this was prohibited by a notice that read  “Watering draught animals prohibited – penalty 3 crowns”.A similar well is found in nearby Stari Trg pri Ložu. It is believed that the wells in Lož and Stari Trg pri Ložu are the only two wells of their type in Slovenia.

 

Janez Bogataj

 

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