✹ About Saturday 15 October 1664 Chris Squire UK on 18 Oct 2017 • Link Re: ‘ . . we saw his water-works and the Oral . . ‘ ‘noria, n. < Spanish < Arabic < Aramaic (Syriac) . . Originally in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries but subsequently more widely, esp. in the East: a device for raising water from a stream or river, consisting of a chain of pots or buckets revolving round a wheel which take in water when submerged and discharge it when they turn over at the top. 1696 P. Ayres Revengeful Mistress 24 Their usual Recreation in the Evenings, was..to view the Norias or admirable Water-works, with which the Spaniards industriously water their Gardens, or supply their Fountains . . ‘ (OED)……………Pope’s Twickenham grotto is now in the hands of a trust which will restore it: http://www.popesgrotto.org.uk/ In Britain today we are (as in Pepys’ day) too poor or too mean to house our homeless - leaving them to sleep in the street - but unlimited funds are available to restore old buildings in the nicer parts of the capital like Twickenham; so Strawberry Hill (http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/) and Turner’s house hve been restored (http://turnershouse.org/) and work is about to start on Marble Hill (https://twickerati.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/eng...). The former Pope’s Grotto pub is now the Alexander Pope hotel.