Concerning the potential size and position of the Hougoumont pond: (on the day; not two..., just one)
Not very proud of myself in having lost the URL of this tourist’s video; nonetheless, I did manage to captured a few fuzzy frames. (annexed)
Something important to remember here is the fact that this part of the northern field has taken on hundreds of tons of top soil due to erosion and ploughing over the past 200 years.
Now, if you look at 1A, we can see the northern gate. Where we’re standing is the Chemin du Goumont and it was about here where the sunken lane finished. Just beneath us is today's evacuation pipe. (one of two because there's a lot of water to eliminate in that field) Note; if this pipe didn’t exist in 1815, then the waters would obviously have been much higher than the level we see in the images below.
1B is further along the Chemin du Goumont and slightly higher, we now see the water on what was the cornfield in 1815…, with the horse standing on the northern end of the kitchen garden.
1C and on the far side; shows how the pond skirted the ‘Neanderthal’ track heading north. From here, we also see part of the western lane (bottom right) with the horse still on the kitchen garden. The northern haystack was probably where the horse was standing because from the haystack at the time, they could see the northern gate.
It pleases me to think that the Newspaper Reporter for the Bristol Mirror on the 16th of September 1815 was probably not that much of a ‘lamp swinger’ after all !
Writing that “when standing by the gate, it was like a moat surrounding the farm.”
Said..., well after the Battle date in the middle of summer. (perhaps one week later)
Concerning the 1st Léger when they attacked that morning, (including the remainder of Napoleon’s left flank) they were obviously limited to the kitchen garden for any western assault on the farm because a large part of the cornfield up to the kitchen garden must have been under water.
1A and the grassy island. Could this be the spot where all the chateaus’ bricks were thrown following the battle ? ('out of sight, out of mind') Meaning that the pond was a permanent feature and much deeper than many are inclined to admit.
Note; Waterloo Uncovered have already excavated part of this field and found a lot of bricks. As such; this allows me to imagine a summer pleasance boat with an umbrella for fishing during the warm summer days. A Gentleman Farmer's lifestyle in relation to the formal garden !
Many specialists have since made the remark that in my kitchen garden image, my estimation of the size of the pond was a bit on the big side. In the meantime and thanks to this video, I can not only see that I’m not too far off the mark, but I can also push the 'pond' south and around the kitchen garden. (in regards to the 18th)
Something has just occurred to me. In the text above, I mention the evacuation pipe.
With all my research so far, I have a stream running parallel to the sunken lane. (north side and being a source of water for the pond) A logical thing to have when you consider the lane to have been semi-pebbled acording to the specialist Alasdair White; and had there not been a stream, the waters flowing from the ridge would have washed away the surface.
What’s more…, (lol) I also need something deep for Matthew Clay to nearly drown in.
But more to the point: If, there was a stream running parallel to the lane, then the position of this evacuation pipe is simply there because it followed the direction of the original stream. Providing us with an exact position for the 'T-junction.'
Cela coule de source...
This image tends to eliminate the fairytale images of The Waggon Train hurtling towards the gates with ammunition. If these images are anything to go by, then the road was surely under water.