Monument record 0168400000 - DORTON SPA, SPA WOOD

Summary

Site of nineteenth century spa, demolished in 1907.

Protected Status/Designation

  • Planning Notification Area: Site of nineteenth century Dorton Spa, demolished in 1907

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Type and Period (3)

  • SPA (19th Century to Modern - 1800 AD to 1907 AD)
  • PUMP ROOMS (19th Century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
  • MINERAL BATHS (19th Century - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)

Description

[FULL DESCRIPTION OF THE DORTON CHALYBEATE WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE BATHS & INTENDED ADDITIONS, & PROPERTIES OF THE WATER] (B1).
PUMP ROOM & BATHS BUILT FROM THE DESIGN OF THE TOWER OF THE WINDS AT ATHENS & 12 ACRES OF LAND LAID OUT FOR THE USE OF VISITORS TO THE SPRING. A DEPOT OR AGENCY OFFICE WAS OPENED IN LONDON (B2).
PUMPROOM & BATHS ERECTED ON AN EXTENSIVE & ORNAMENTAL PLAN. ENTERED BY A FLIGHT OF STONE STEPS & THROUGH A SEMICIRCULAR PORTICO SUPPORTED BY 8 CIRCULAR COLUMNS WITH CORINTHIAN CAPITALS. BESIDES THE PUMPROOM & 8 BATHS, THE BUILDING ALSO CONTAINS A READING ROOM, BILLIARD ROOM & 2 BALL-ROOMS [FURTHER DESCRIPTION] (B3).
GRECIAN BUILDINGS OF THE CHALYBEATE SPRING BUILT C.1840 HAVE DISAPPEARED (B4-5).
SITE OF SPA LOCATED IN SPA WOOD. THE CIRCULAR BRICK BUILT WELL-HOUSE REMAINS, STANDING ABOUT 3M HIGH & 1.25M DIAMETER WITH A CONICAL ROOF SURMOUNTED BY A SMALL WOODEN CUPOLA. WELL STILL FULL OF WATER AND REPORTEDLY STILL DRINKABLE. ALSO BASES & PARTS OF SHAFTS OF 2 COLUMNS STANDING C.1M HIGH. WHOLE AREA NOW VERY OVERGROWN, THOUGH THERE ARE MANY REMAINS OF MASONRY, PITS (PRESUMABLY THE BATHS) &C. THE BUILDINGS WERE DEMOLISHED IN 1907 ACCORDING TO THE OWNER, WHO HAS INFORMATION AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE BUILDINGS (B6).

Sources (10)

  • <1>SBC139 Bibliographic reference: ACCOUNT OF THE DORTON CHALYBEATE, BY A PHYSICIAN 1833.
  • <2>SBC7490 Bibliographic reference: LIPSCOMB 1 P246 (NB THIS IS A LOOSE INSERTED PAGE I N SOME COPIES & IS NOT IN ALL COPIES).
  • <3>SBC14412 Bibliographic reference: SHEAHAN PP376-377.
  • <4>SBC15974 Bibliographic reference: VCH BUCKS 4 P45.
  • <5>SBC11698 Bibliographic reference: PEVSNER N 1960 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE P111.
  • <6>SBC12215 Verbal communication: PIKE A R,15 SEPT 1977,FIELD VISIT.
  • <7>SBC11862 Unpublished document: PHOTOS & LETTER IN BCM PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION.
  • <8>SBC19002 Unpublished document: Buckinghamshire County Museum Archaeological Service. 1998. Historic Parks and Gardens Register Review.
  • <9>SBC22735 Article in serial: Unknown. 1839. 'Chalybeate Spa, at Dorton, Buckinghamshire', in The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction. Vol 34 (No 965).
  • <10>SBC25233 Unpublished document: Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust. 2019. Dorton Spa: Understanding Historic Parks and Gardens in Buckinghamshire.

Location

Grid reference Centred SP 66989 13633 (320m by 461m) (Centred on)
Civil Parish DORTON, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • Event - Survey: Site visit (EBC16744)

Record last edited

Nov 26 2019 6:32PM

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