Dunorlan Park historic water feature restored

Organiser Ingrid Pope [pictured] launched Tunbridge Wells Yard Sale last year after seeing a similar event in the US.

A HISTORIC stone basin water feature in Dunorlan Park has been restored.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council financed the refurbishment of the spring well which is completed by contractor Burslem Memorials last week.

The age of the well is unknown but it could date back to the 17th century and the council is keen to have it on show.

A spokesman for the local authority said: ‘The restoration was done to the stone basin where a chalybeate spring rises in Dunorlan.

‘Spring water discharges into the park’s lake via a drain.

‘It was described in 1832 as a spring which ‘rises rapidly into a stone basin, placed in the centre of a circular excavation, about ten feet in diameter and six or eight feet deep, which is bricked round, and with the remains of stone steps leading down to the basin at the bottom’.

‘This project has seen the brickwork restored in keeping with the original character of the feature.’

Burslem wrote on Twitter: ‘[We had] some lovely words from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Park team.

‘[They said] I would like to thank your team for the great work completed on the spring well at Dunorlan Park.

‘It looks amazing now, refurbished but still in keeping with its historic character.’

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