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Maharajah's Well, Stoke Row

Description: Maharajah's Well

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 May 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 247858

OS Grid Reference: SU6795284077
OS Grid Coordinates: 467952, 184077
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5515, -1.0213

Location: 2 Well View, Stoke Row, Oxfordshire RG9 5QL

Locality: Stoke Row
Local Authority: South Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: RG9 5QL

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Listing Text

6/149 Maharajah's Well
14/05/73 (Formerly listed as under
Ipsden C.P)


Well. Dated 1864 on shields to frieze. By Edward Anderdon Reade. Red brick base;
painted cast-iron columns and painted metal superstructure. Circular base with
columns forming an octagon. Indian style. 8 columns are linked by spear-head
railings. The columns have stylised leaf capitals and a pierced frieze with
shields to the centre. Above is an onion dome with a chujja to the base, above
which a painted inscription reads "Given by his Highness The Maharajah of
Benares 1864". Gilded spear finial to the apex of the done. The well machinery
provided by R.J. and H. Wilder of Wallingford, Berkshire has argilded cast-iron
elephant to the top. E.A. Reade had worker for the Maharajah of Benares in India
and inspired him to give a well' to Stoke Row by his tales of the difficulty the
residents had in obtaining water. Work was started on 10th March 1863 (the
wedding day of Edward, Prince of Wales) and the well was opened on 24th May 1864
(queen Victoria's Birthday). The well shaft is approx. 120m. deep. The well and
superstructure cost 353 13s 7d., the machinery and elephant cost a further 39
10s Od. The well was the first known established Charity in Great Britain of an
Indian nobleman.
(An Illustrated History of The Maharajah's Well, Stoke Row, Henley, Oxfordshire,
by Laureen D. Williamson, 1983).

Listing NGR: SU6795284077

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Source: English Heritage

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