Friday, 16 November 2018

Volunteers clean Maharajah's gift

VOLUNTEERS gave Maharajah’s Well in Stoke Row a clean.

VOLUNTEERS gave Maharajah’s Well in Stoke Row a clean.

They washed the well surround and tidied the area around it.

The 368ft well was built in 1864 by village squire Edward Reade following a donation from the Maharajah of Benares in India. Trustee Catherine Hale said the clean-up was held to mark the day that construction of the well began in 1863.

She said: “I think we, as trustees, have kind of moved away from managing and maintaining the site to seeing it more as a community asset.” Fellow trustee Rob Dougherty said it was the first time a clean-up had been organised and he hoped it would become an annual event.

He added: “The well is 152 years old this year. We need to spend a lot of money to get it repainted — next year hopefully.”

The Maharajah funded the well as a gift to Mr Reade for sinking a well in Benares in 1831. Mr Reade had told him about water shortages in his home village of Ipsden.

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