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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."

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