Seething Wells Water - Surbiton’s Hidden Heritage


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Seething Wells was a small area just outside Surbiton. There was not much there before 1848, except the main road from Kingston to Portsmouth, a few houses, pubs, a wharf and osier beds. This would be typical of what you would expect to see in a rural 19th century setting. Early maps call the area “Siden Wells” and show fields and farms.


There are some references to there being springs in the area. From at least the 18th century the spring had become “enclosed within a very old ivy covered well house containing a well and spring” (Ayliffe, 1914.36).  The spring itself yielded “an abundant supply of water, whose hot waters were exploited medicinally, especially for opthalmia” (Biden, 1852. 34). 


After lengthy negotiations, Lambeth Water Company bought land from the Earl of Lovelace at the end of 1849. Eviction notices were given to those living by the Thames at Long Ditton. The fate of the tenants is unknown. In all, as many as 200 people may have been cleared to make way for the works.

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Impact on the local area
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How it worked
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James Simpson
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Opening of the new Lambeth Water Works at Seething Wells in 1852

Here a some more in depth articles produced by

volunteer researchers for this project and maps

of the area- please click on a link


The Architecture of Seething WellsSeething_Wells_1_files/Architectural%20narrative.pdf

Identification of Underground FeaturesSeething_Wells_1_files/Identification%20of%20underground%20features%20at%20SW.pdf

Location of the Seething Wells SpringSeething_Wells_1_files/The%20Location%20Of%20The%20Spring%20At%20Seething%20Wells.pdf

To see a timeline of the events relating to this
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Map of the area 1740Seething_Wells_1_files/Roque%20London%201740.pdf

Map of the area 1865-66Seething_Wells_1_files/OS%20Map%201865-66.PDF

Map of the area 1868-70Seething_Wells_1_files/OS%20Map%201868%20-%2070.pdf

Map of the area 1895-97Seething_Wells_1_files/OS%20Map%201895-97.PDF

Map of the area 1768Seething_Wells_1_files/Roque%20Surrey%201768%20detail%20of%20Siden%20Wells.pdf

About the local areaSeething_Wells_1_files/Seething%20Wells%20and%20the%20local%20area.pdf

London Illustrated News 1858Seething_Wells_1_files/London%20Illustrated%20News%208%20May%201858.pdf