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Vintage Waltons Greenhouse Query

Hi folks
i recently moved house and in the garden there is a wonderful old Waltons greenhouse. Photos attached. 
You’ll see that at the rear on the ground there are a couple of what seem to be basins. I’m a novice when it comes to this, so could anyone please explain what I should use them for? The obvious answer would be to store water but you’ll see there’s a kind of plug hole leading straight the the earth below. There’s also a plug hole connecting the two basins. 
Any thoughts much appreciated!!


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,441
    What beauty that greenhouse is  :)
    I'm wondering if there was a plug fitted originally. Maybe they were used to store water to keep it at "room temperature". Not sure why they're connected unless one is an overflow? 
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,291
    To see them better

    Rutland, England
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,195
    I would imagine they are old sinks re-purposed as water holders and presumably had plugs in the bottom holes. Can't think what else they would be used for. Very odd, not seen those before.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • That is a gorgeous greenhouse. You want to make sure you treat and paint the wood and deal with any soft spots so it can last another 50 - 100 years. Unless you spend big you don t get a product like than anymore. All we got when we moved into our house was a rotten falling down shed that had been repurposed into a chicken coop with unwelcome residents living beneath it! 
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,443
    Yes,so jealous,when you said basin,I didn't envisage an earthenware sink.oo would love one to wash the pots,wellies, garden tools, maybe even the dogs
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