|Chalybeate Well, Well Walk, Hampstead, 2008, Ravish London|
Chalybeate Well, Hampstead|
The Chalybeate Well at Well Walk in Hampstead contains water with high iron content. In the mid 17th Century when the well was discovered, such water was considered good for the health. The powers that be decreed that the waters should be used to benefit the poor of the parish of Hampstead.
An eighteenth century version of a mini entertainment's emporium sprung up around the well, featuring a long room and ballroom. Whilst the success of the entertainments waned by the end of the eighteenth century, they had done enough to establish Hampstead as a salubrious and desired location.
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