The Well

Deep Underground, in a sub-basement beneath Sadler's Wells theatre, a pipe plunges six hundred feet to the chalk basin underlying London. It brings up pure, naturally filtered water that fell years ago on the Chilterns and the North Downs.

In June 1683, Dick Sadler, surveyor to the King, built a Musik-House near a country footpath leading from Clerkenwell to Islington. By chance that summer he had discovered a medieval well in the grounds of his house. Believing the waters to have miraculous medicinal powers, people flocked to Sadler's Wells to enjoy the musical entertainment and to stroll in the gardens and take the water.