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From: Mandeep Singh Bajwa <>
Subject: Re: [India-L] Fwd: The well put up at Stoke Row with Maharaja of Benares
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2001 10:56:08 -0800 (PST)
In-Reply-To: <3AA13727.38FA1F29@flashmail.com>


Dear List,

What a fascinating story ! I'm glad it was posted on
the List.

Regards to all !

Mandeep
--- paul jordan <> wrote: > The
Maharaja's as Well
>
> This must be it the most unexpected sight in an
> Oxfordshire village.
> Stoke Row's well is topped by a distinctively Indian
> construction.
> Around 1858 Mr Edward Anderson Reade, who was soon
> to be appointed a
> lieutenant governor of the North Western provinces
> of India, discussed
> the common problem of water shortage shared by the
> Benares area and the
> Chiltern village of Stoke Row with the Maharajah of
> Benares. Mr Reade's
> father's estates were at Stoke Row, where the
> villagers collected
> rainwater for cooking. Pond water was used for
> washing, while drinking
> water was a precious commodity in dry weather.
> Events such as the Indian
> Mutiny intervened, but the Maharaja determined to
> make a gift of a well
> to Stoke Row as a token of his friendship. Digging
> started on the future
> King Edward the V11's wedding day, 10th March 1863.
> It was a massive
> task for hand labour, working at a width of only 4
> ft and going down 368
> ft- more than twice the height of Nelson's column.
> The water was
> actually 342 ft down but the extra depth allowed for
> seasonal
> fluctuations. The water was also drawn up by hand,
> but took narrow-
> topped nine gallon buckets counter balancing each
> other. Even a woman or
> a young boy could turn a handle and draw up a full
> bucket in only 10
> minutes. The water was then transferred to other
> containers and carried
> to the cottages. Sometimes a horse drawn cart was
> available. Mr Reade
> designed the superstructure and took a photograph of
> it for the
> Maharaja.
>
> The well was officially opened on Queen Victoria's
> birthday, 24th May,
> 1864. A warden was housed in a specially built
> cottage. The Maharaja
> wanted the water to be provided to the public for
> free, so the well,
> warden and cottage were maintained by the profits
> from a Cherry Orchard
> which the Maharajah are also paid to establish. When
> the Prince of Wales
> recovered from typhoid in 1872, the Maharaja gave
> the village £200 to
> celebrate. Each Household received half a pound of
> tea, one pound of
> sugar, two loaves of bread, two pounds yet just
> going of bacon and a
> pair of blankets. The gentleman and Yeoman ate a
> lunch at the Cherry
> Tree Inn, then acted as waiters for a lunch for 150
> labourers, served in
> a specially built shed. The women and children had a
> tea-party in the
> schoolroom. Sports and firework display followed.
> Mains water arrived in
> 1906 and more reliably in 1927, but a few villagers
> relied on the well
> up to 1939.
>
>
> paul jordan wrote:
>
> > Ken
> > I have visited this well and it was well
> worth it
> > Researching JORDAN, CHATER, GASPAR,MANOOK, BAGRAM
> >
> > wrote:
> >
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> >> Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 19:11:26 EST
> >> Subject: The well put up at Stoke Row with
> Maharaja of Benares
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> >> A 19th century Maharaja of Benares constructed
> this well near
> >> Oxford. Heput
> >> Arhtur Reade, son of E.A. Reade [Who had been a
> commissioner in
> >> Benhares] in
> >> charge. I would appreciate any information about
> the history of this
> >> well.
> >> Thank you
> >> Ken Robbins
> >>
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