Chalybeate Well

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Well Walk, London, United Kingdom
Chalybeate Well - CHALYBEATE WELL
Chalybeate Well - CHALYBEATE WELL
Chalybeate Well - THE WELLS TAVERN
Chalybeate Well - SITE OF FORMER PUMP ROOM AND SPA

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London's lost Marienbad Apr 29, 2017
A small dried up fountain is a reminder of Hampstead's former existence as a place to take health-giving waters - Londons lost Marienbad

From the bottom of the garden of Burgh House, the ‘Wells Tavern’ pub can be seen dominating the view along Well Walk. Known as ‘The Green Man’ until 1850, when it was rebuilt and renamed the ‘Wells Tavern’, a pub has stood on his spot since at least 1762. The pub’s name reflects one of the reasons that Hampstead became popular in the 17th century.

Apart from enjoying Hampstead's clean air, people were attracted to the mineral water springs that were beginning to be exploited at that time. These springs issued ‘chalybeate’ water, that is water rich in iron salts. In 1698, the Wells Charity was formed, and soon after this the waters were commercially exploited.

“A Long Room was erected on the south side of Well Walk. This comprised a Pump Room where the chalybeate water could be drunk and an Assembly Room for dancing, concerts and other forms of entertainment. Nearby was a tavern and various raffling shops.” (see: http://www.lagaffe.co.uk/hampstead-history.php)

These extensive premises were demolished in the late 19th century to make way for residential buildings. The former Pump Room and Assembly Room occupied a plot that is bounded by Well Walk, East Heath Road, and Gainsborough Gardens. At the corner of the last-named street and Well Walk, there is a tall building with attractive neo gothic windows. This was built in about 1704.

Opposite this house, a small ornate drinking fountain stands on Well Walk. Labelled ‘Chalybeate Well’, this elegantly designed public well was donated to the people of Hampstead by the mother of the third Earl of Gainsborough in 1698. Nowadays, the ‘Chalybeate Well’ is dried up. It is the only tangible reminder of Hampstead's long since passed existence as a 'spa town'.
THE WELLS TAVERN
CHALYBEATE WELL
CHALYBEATE WELL
SITE OF FORMER PUMP ROOM AND SPA
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