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Spring Water in Chadlington

Many people in Chadlington prefer to collect their drinking water from the various springs around the village.  Apparently those who prefer this water source suffer no ill effects.

But a mention of Chadlington Water in a book published in 1763*, suggests that in the 18th century stomachs must not have been as strong as they are today:

 

“In Oxfordshire there is Chadlington Water in a village of that name, three miles south of Chipping Norton. It smells like the washings of a foul gun, and a gallon yields 90 grains of sediment, of which seven are earth and the rest a peculiar sort of nitre.  From other experiments it is found impregnated with sulphur, and an acaline [sic; modern spelling is alkaline] salt mixed with sea-salt: it is accounted a purging water.”

 

Drink at your peril!

 

*found on p xxi of The Natural History of Waters, Earths, Stones Fossils and Minerals with their Virtues, Properties and Medicinal Uses by R. Brookes, M.D.  published in London and Printed for J. Newbery at the Bible and Sun in St Paul’s Churchyard.

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