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Purton Stoke Spa 1859 - this is a long story and all will be revealed in the fullness of time -
meanwhile you can read the RESUME produced for the 150th Anniversary in 2009.

voeklerInscription on the octagonal Well House
THE ANCIENT
SALTS HOLE
SULPHATED AND BROMOIODATED
SALINE WATER
ANALYZED BY D VOELCKER 1860

Dr Voelcker was a lecturer at the Cirencester Agricultural College at the time
and Chemistry Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture.

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Spa Painting
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Spa Ceramic

Ode to The Spa
Within this fount a NIAID lives
Whose pure embrace fresh vigour gives
Her name is Health, a maiden fair,
With rosy cheeks and cheerful air.

When fiery Phoebus mounts the sky
And drinks the brooks and rivers dry
She seeks this silent peaceful cave
To bathe beneath the cooling wave

And here without, or praise, or pence
Her liquid bounty does dispense
So Charity, benignant Dame
Regardless of reward or fame
In secret gives - so hither come.
The Goddess seldom strays from home.

by Mark Pike (1776-1812) of Cricklade (ref Jan Wiles)