Is it feasible to tie the rope and bucket to the well and therefore keep it outside or do the rope and bucket have to be kept inside to protect them from harmful weather?

Or does the well, bucket and rope need to be covered by a roof to keep the bucket and rope dry and prevent rot?

I am interested in actual practice during or slightly after Medieval times.

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    I would keep this question open. While OPs intention is not relevant for this stackexchange, the topic is indeed. The question revolves around the proper protection of a (clean) water source and the tools to access the water. This can be applied to the great outdoors.
    – Peter1807
    Commented Dec 4, 2017 at 8:24
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    I have edited the question to remove parts that are not relevant. If I have have removed relevant parts, or if you feel the question could be asked more clearly, please feel free to re-edit it. Commented Dec 4, 2017 at 13:09

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Wells are covered to keep the water clean, not to keep it dry.

A well bucket rope is only going to be as long as needed, one end is going to get wet several times a day. Even in single person home well, you are probably collecting water for the home morning and evening, as well as watering the animals during the day.

Depending on how often water is taken from the well, it is most probably that one end is going to stay wetter then any reasonable amount of rain is going to make it.

If the rain is so significant that your rope is never dry, you won't dig a well you will catch the water from the roof of your house. Digging a well is a lot of hard work, building a gutter and cistern is much easier.

P.S. it does not matter if the whole rope or just one end is always wet. A well is going to have a rope just long enough to reach the water. If one section if it is wearing out, you need a new rope of just the right length.


If you are talking about a wooden bucket, you'd want to keep it moist all the time. It will crack and leak when drying thoroughly. Incidentally, this will not be a problem, as it will go into the well several times per day.

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