Friday, 18 October 2019

Hidden Henley

Hidden Henley

HOUSED in this domed building, which would not look out of place in India, is the Maharajah’s Well in Stoke Row.

It is well worth a visit and I often receive requests from readers to feature it (again) for that reason.

The story goes that Edward Read, a local engineer, did some work for the Maharajah of Benares who was so delighted that he wanted to express his gratitude in some permanent and useful way.

Mr Read told him that the villagers had difficulty in securing a reliable water supply.

The Maharajah’s response was both generous and immediate, paying for a well to be dug to a depth of 112m, the equivalent height of St Paul’s Cathedral.

It was evidently dug by just two men over the period of a year and finished off with the remarkable decorative building that remains today.

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