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Epsom Spa 400 - Palm Sunday event

Until early 17th century, Epsom was a small rural community. Then 400 years ago a farmer discovered a bitter saline spring. The spring was rich in magnesium sulphate and the water was said to have medicinal powers. A well was dug and a small industry developed to allow people to 'take the waters'. 

By boiling down the water, a salt was created – and Epsom Salts was invented.

Epsom expanded and developed into a spa town, one of the earliest in Britain. After the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 Epsom’s popularity increased, and visitors included many notables of the time.

The spa dwindled as the salt compound (MGS04) was successfully replicated and there was no longer any need to visit the well.

Celebrations for the 400 anniversary commence with a blessing at the well this Sunday as part of the Christ Church Epsom Common Palm Sunday service. All are welcome to attend.

Where: Epsom Well, Well Way, Epsom, KT18 7LP

When: Sunday 25 March, 10am.well blessing


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