THE old horse-trough at the foot of the hill up to Pewsey Wharf has recently disappeared; however, the quaint but wholesome verse that it bore deserves to be remembered:
“A man of kindness to his beast is kind;
A brutal action shows a brutal mind.
Remember, He who made thee made the brute;
He gave thee speech and reason, formed him mute.
He can’t complain, but God’s all-seeing eye
Beholds thy cruelty and hears his cry.
He was designed thy servant, not thy drudge;
Remember, his Creator is thy Judge.”
In days gone by many horses pulling loaded carts must have enjoyed a short drink before tackling the steep hill up to the canal.
Walnut Close, Pewsey