The story of Eastland's Well

We discovered a well under our herb garden.

The well had lain covered and forgotten for generations.  What we had unearthed was an ancient well, dug by hand nearly 300 feet through the chalk. The well was on the original Eastland’s Farm. Roger Eastland left his initials and a date of 1723 for us to rediscover nearly three centuries later. 

We understood then, that our mission must be to restore it for its original purpose, water for a community. We decided to limit the carbon footprint of our water by limiting its distribution to clients based 25 miles from the source.

Jubilee 2012, Woodmansterne Village

 

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A date to remember

This is the date plaque 2 meters from the surface of the wellhead, carved by Roger Eastland nearly 300 years ago. Although wells in the area were plentiful at the time, none is as wide or as beautifully constructed as Eastland's well. dateThe majority have been capped or allowed to collapse back into the ground. Such was the construction of this well, that it has remained intact and productive to this day.

The North Downs of south-east England are a prominent feature of the landscape forming the northern limb of the Wealden anticline and the southern margin of the London Basin. They extend from the Hog’s Back near Farnham in the west to the white cliffs of the Kent coast in the east. The Chalk dips in a broadly northerly or north-north-easterly direction eventually dipping below Palaeogene and superficial cover into the London Basin. Groundwater issuing from springs has been regarded since the earliest recorded history as something pure, even sacred. In its natural state it is generally of excellent quality.

John Roque Map

John Roque's map of 1768 with Eastland's Well highlighted