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6 Annotations

First Reading

vincent  •  Link

For the Barnet run From London to Holyhead 269 Miles, thus reckoned.
To Barnet 11, to St. Albans 9, to Dunstable 12, to Brickhill 9, to Stony Stratford 9…

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Barnet was becoming another spa town as early as 1653:…
Assumed date Sunday, June 5, 1653. Dorothy Osborne to William Temple Letter 23:

"I had a letter the last week from my Lady, who tells me that she has been ill from a pain at her stomach, and that she has been drinking Barnet Waters and has found herself better since. I thought they had been so lately found out, that nobody had known what they had been good for yet, or had ventured to take them. I could wish they were as proper for the spleen as Epsom or Tunbridge, they would lie much more conveniently for me."

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

From time to time the Barnet "Physic Well" is opening free of charge for people to visit.
They warn that the Physic Well is in a small room underground and is reached by steep stone steps.
It's located on the corner of Well Approach and Pepys Crescent.

Barnet’s Physic Well is a mineral water spring which was thought to have therapeutic qualities. It was popular from the later 17th century through the 18th century, and its visitors included Samuel Pepys, who wrote about the visit in his diary.

For a photo of how it looks today, see…

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