Three springs emerge on the Melchiorweg in the Hüppelröttchen hiking area from an approximately 20 meter long quarry stone structure, the Friedrichsquellen. Since the Wall was built in 1934 and 1935, countless hikers have enjoyed their freshly bubbling spring water. Among the locals, it is considered an insider tip for the best coffee water.
So it’s no wonder that many people from Eitorfern are concerned about the condition of the Wall, which is getting on in years. Again and again there were questions home clubwho had already carried out the first renovation in 1993 with the forestry office as the owner.
The work will be completed in May
After two hot summers and the following bark beetle infestation, the Rhein-Sieg-Erft regional forest office is more than busy, which is why the Eitorf local history association has taken on the task of remediation in close consultation. Now, in May, the work should be completed.
Mirja Renout is also committed to the Friedrichsquellen. She lives in neighboring Eitorf-Käsberg. “The springs have fascinated me since my childhood. When I read in 2018 that its preservation was in question because it is no longer possible to include sources today, my decision was made to join the local history association, which wanted to try to clean it up.”
She researched the Friedrichsquellen for the association and wrote down their history for the Eitorfer Heimatblatt in 2021. Now the 47-year-old is getting involved in the renovation project herself. With building contractor Bernd Adolph, her cousin Steve and other helping hands, cracked joints and collapsed parts of the wall are repaired and missing stones are added.
Roots and the ravages of time damaged the wall
The reason for the massive damage is not massive slope pressure, as initially feared. The culprits are ingrown roots, brittle stones, missing connectors in the masonry and mortar washed out by water.
The latter is caused by a changed water course. The water escaping 20 meters above the spring wall in the slope had found a way past the collection shaft and ran out of every conceivable crack instead of out of the spring niches.
The woman with a weakness for old half-timbered houses acquired the knowledge herself. Bricklaying with quarry stone is an art in itself, she says, pointing to her day’s work. Like a jigsaw puzzle, she loosely built a few rows into straight masonry from a mixed heap of red sandstone, shell limestone and greywacke. Before the draft is dismantled again for final hard mortaring, the planned stone composite is photographed.
Heimatverein is researching old photographs
The Heimatverein is looking for photographs of the Friedrichsquellen from before 1993. “That would help us a lot with our work,” says Mirja Renout. Instead of a tin sign, she would also like one made of stone with the original text: “Friedrichsquellen – Built 1934-35 by the Wuppertal emergency workers”. However, the budget doesn’t allow for that.
Pictures can be sent by e-mail or post to the chairman of the Heimatverein: Heimatverein Eitorf, Alwin Müller, Im Bogen 19a, 53783 Eitorf.
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