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|Description ||Through the door in the base of St Bernard’s Wellhouse lies the pump room which was lavishly refurbished about 1885 so that Victorian’s could ‘take the waters’ in a ‘celestial vault’. The water was claimed to have medicinal properties ranging from being a general tonic to being a cure for arthritis and rheumatics. The well continued to be popular until it closed about 1940. Chemical analysis has shown the water to be similar to sulphur springs in Harrogate …. but it also contains heavy metals and is unsafe to drink.
An ornate white marble pump stands in the centre of the vault. On it is carved ‘Bibendo valebis’ meaning ‘Drink for Health’. It has a gilded lions head from which the water still flows into a basin when the pump handle is operated.|
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