Those drains were central to the subsequent placement of the fountain in the 19th century and its removal for restoration a quarter of a century ago during which the damaged concrete foundation was replaced.
If the ancient drainage system for the pond has been decommissioned, it’s an important loss because it complicates environmental maintenance that the pond sorely needs.
Winter’s cloak of snow and ice, however, provide an inviting cover of what will beg for attention come spring and summer, so let us enjoy.
Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.