The Physic Well
Well Approach, Barnet EN5 3DY

Restoration of the Physic Well

Restoration of the Physic Well

Barnet's Physic Well is fed by local chalybeate waters, and has been promoted since the 16th century by doctors for its curative powers. In the 17th century a resident well-keeper was appointed to supervised the use of the spring and by 1663, Barnet's water was being sold in pubs on the Strand by the barrel. Samuel Pepys visited in 1664 to try the water, and found 'many people a-drinking'. In 1800 it was still declared that the water 'cleansed the system, cleared the skin and cured hangovers' - but by the late 19th century it was reduced to a small iron pump and drinking cup. The present building, housing the original vault and spring, was built in 1937. This is now deteriorating and needs urgent repair.