By Robyn Rosen, February 17, 2011
A pub landlord has applied for a licence to sell water from what is believed to be Britain's oldest mikveh site.
Martin Hughes and his business partners have asked the Environment Agency for a licence to extract 15 million litres of water a year from Jacob's Well in Hotwells, near Bristol.
Mr Hughes bought the Hope and Anchor pub opposite the well 15 years ago without realising its historical significance.
"Like most people in Bristol, I was aware of an ancient well but didn't know much about it," he said. "Living so close to it, I started to find out more."