My great great great uncle John Bayliff Bowman lived at Summer Hill, near Monyash in the County of Derby.
The Bowman family, who were Quakers, had three farms, One Ash Grange [which John Bayliff Bowman often referred to as O.A.], Cales and Summer Hill [which he usually referred to as S.Hill or S.H.]
5 - 16 Fine
6 - 17 to Middleton to tea met F[ather] & M[other]
7 - 18 drizzly rain x 1 or 2 showers rain to now very much wanted all the mears are empty but 1 or 2 at S.H. pastures very dry & short give 1 1/2 lbs cake to cows at S.H. 1 cheese 1 day 2 the other - lead water for horse from Monyash & must lead for cows very shortly
1 - 19 Fine
2 - 20 Ditto hot no rain parted lambs put 54 W lambs on Rape
to 27 Very hot & dry occassional appearances of thunder & rain & then cooler but no rain to signify began to cut corn in Winkerley S.H. lead water from Fear meer Monyash lead 3 different days into the meers at S.H. nearly dry now is the Fear meer - preparing to draw water from the Knotlow shaft with buckets
These were obviously dry days in and around Summer Hill and Cales ... Monyash generally. I can't recall John ever writing about such a shortage of water before and certainly not of him having to lead any water from Fere Mere.
There were four or five meres in Monyash originally but Fere Mere is now the only one ...
At http://www.wirralcavinggroup.org.uk/trips/knotlow.html there's the description of a day trip by Wirral Caving Group to Knotlow Mine on the 21st June 2009. A series of interesting photographs includes one image of the coffin level in the old mine which is particularly worth looking at. The coffin level was all worked by hand.