Result of the Analyses of two samples of Water from "Haile Weston", near St. Neots.Jas. Macfarlane. The Great Northern Railway. Engineer's Office, King's Cross, London, N. 17th December, 1881.
Letterpress broadside handbill, report summary of analysis on two water samples from Hail Weston springs; on behalf of The Great Northern Railway. Sheet 240 x 170mm, 9½ x 6¾". Offered with contemporary extract from a newspaper about the springs, referring to this report (2).
There two springs at the village of Hail Weston, a few miles west of St Neots, reputed to have had medicinal qualities. They perhaps derive more fame from the poem by Michael Drayton entitled "The Holy Wells of Hailweston". The Great Northern Railway were keen to promote the springs, and by extension St. Neots as a spa destination, to encourage tourists onto their trains running north from London. These springs were used for medicinal purposes in the 16th and 17th centuries, but later fell into disuse. In 1844, the springs were sold and were then used by the Hail Weston Springs Co., who aerated, bottled and sold the water. In the early 1950s Hail Weston Springs Company was sold by Mr Page to Mr Bath, a local farmer. By 1954 the bottling plant had closed and the two wells were capped off.
Provenance: from a scrap album compiled c.1840 - 1880 by Alfred Towgood of Riverside, a paper mill owner at St. Neots, Huntingdon. He was also a Lieutenant in the Duke of Manchester's Light Horse.
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