The Lady Well stone vanishes?

Shadow: How are the stones?
Zorg: Fine... fine, just fine... I'll, I'll have the... ah... I'll have the four stones you asked for anytime now... but, but it wasn't easy. My costs... have tripled.
Shadow: Money is of... no importance. I... want... the... STONES...
- The Fifth Element

Ladywell resident Chris found this in a 1964 guide to Lewisham and wants to know whether the coping stones from the original Lady Well, described in this extract, remain anywhere.


blahblah said...

The baths on Ladywell Rd would be the old Play Tower - next to St Mary's hall as described. Think its a bit of a building site these days? Further up Ladywell Rd, over the mini roundabout junction with Adelaide Ave, there is a plaque on a house which says it marks the site of the Lady Well.

Monkeyboy said...

See attached.... On a map dated 1807-1822

Tony said...

I understand that the site of the original well is under the block of flats built on the south side of the railway bridge. I also understand that the stones were moved to the Ladywell Baths site and sit to the left of the building. The site isn't open to the public at the moment as the Council has just spent a lot of money making the baths weather -proof and is trying to stop people breaking in again and causing damage.

NAT said...

Thanks for that Tony, it's interesting and it would be good if the original stones could be brought out to the light again as a feature, pehaps in Ladywell fields.
I've noticed the plaque Blahblah mentions on Ladywell Road, and wondered if the Lady's Well, wherever it may have been was capped over.

Geoffrey said...

The coping stones have moved several times over the last many years. One went missing, but I gather the others are in "safe keeping". The then chairman of The Ladywell Village Society (now called The Ladywell Society), Robert Smith, wrote a history of the Lady Well. Although out-of-print, the Local Studies Centre in Lewisham Library should have a copy.
The plaque on the house on Ladywell Road refers to a spring, where the clay meets the chalk apparently. The Well was, as Tony correctly states, roughly where Lister House in Railway Terrace is now. The water feeding the Well disappeared when a sewer was built in 1855.
The Ladywell Society is currently working on a project to have a plaque installed to commemorate the Lady Well.
The Society would also like the Ladywell Tavern to change its sign back to the image of a lady drawing water from the well; more appropriate than a pointy-faced dog.

anonymouse said...

In safe-keeping? Like Deptford's anchor? That's all right then. Phew.

Lady at Ladywell said...

To be fair, the pointy-faced dog is Jay-Jay the resident pooch. But I take your historical point.

I'm definitely in favour of making a feature of the stones. It's just a shame the well is lost forever. Ladywell has a rich history and it shouldn't be forgotten - nor further concreted over.

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