East Well

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Originally a spring[1], The East Hill Well, whose water can be sampled by a tap which produces its waters readily below a sign which reads ‘waste not want not!’ The water is enclosed in large conical conduit house sitting at the base of the East Hill Railway at Rock-a-Nore Road. In 1768 Tamarisk Trees were recorded as growing on the cliffs adjacent to the spring's source.[2]

Construction[edit]

The well was constructed circa 1848/9 with part of the money raised from a local fundraising campaign by Dr McCabe[3] to a design by Alderman Maw[4], together with the surplus of moneys raised after a disastrous fire had ravaged twenty Net Huts in 1846[5]. An ornamental reservoir capable of holding 1500 gallons of water was constructed, with the water being available for both fishermen and members of the public[6]

Use as address[edit]

From a lease held at The Keep, Lewes, it would appear that at least one fisherman utilised the well as a 'legal' address when signing official documents,[7] although there are records of 'East Well Cottages', presumably in this general area but no longer existing.

Grade II Listed (Historic England listing 1286777)

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References[edit]

  1. The History and Antiquities of the Town and Port of Hastings: Illustrated by a Series of Engravings (Moss 1824) pg.170 Google Books ESCC Library Order via Amazon
  2. Hastings Chronicle 1768
  3. https://insearchofholywellsandhealingsprings.com/2012/05/21/ancient-wells-and-springs-of-hastings/
  4. Parson's Illustrated Guide to Hastings & St Leonards (1881) pp26
  5. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 3 Chap. 36
  6. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 3 Chap. 40
  7. East Sussex County Council Archive The Keep DH/B/146/3/68 Agreement to lease by William White of East Well, Hastings, fisherman