Turvey (click on photograph to bring up bigger/better version).
|Turvey, Beds. Thanks to John Hurst for the photos. A sign states:|
| THIS WATER IS
|And an incribed stone carries the poem:|
|NELLS WELL [sic]
O fountain pure, whose spring so sure
Has never yet run dry;
Thy water tells of deeper wells
Which living streams supply.
Thy spring, though pure, no thirst can cure
Who drinks will drink in vain;
Go, neighbour, try that deep supply;
Thou ne'er shalt thirst again.
|There's a bit of history to the pump and "Nell's Well", which made national television news when it was shut down in1960, and it turns out that Nell was the wife of a local tinker. (Click on the image of the pub sign.)|
|By 2017 this one in Turvey, Beds, had lost its wooden cladding, to
reveal a simple lead rat's tail pump with a missing operating rod. Thanks to
John Hurst for the photo on the left, and Mike Woolford for the ones on the
Markings: A date - 1819 - and a floral/leaf design.