Plans to restore Iron Age Well in Burton

11 June 2018

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s application to Calor Rural Community Fund for Hampstons Well in Burton is through to the voting stage.

The Well dates from the Iron Age and for many centuries was one of the main water sources for Burton villagers. 

The records of the Manor Court of Burton show that by-laws were laid down for the upkeep of the well. The men of Burton, along with the constable, had to clean the well on a regular basis and if these duties were neglected a fine of 6d was enforced on those individuals. (Information from the Wirral Journal vol. 3, no.2, 1986)

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member Communities and Wellbeing, said: “This tranquil location is in need of some tender loving care to bring it back to its former beauty and this is our opportunity to do just that.  

“I would like to encourage everyone to vote for this important local site so that it can be restored to its former glory.”

The bid, submitted for £5,000 seeks to rejuvenate the sacred spring of Hampstons Well, Station Road, Burton. If successful the project will:
  •  restore the site’s greenspace by clearing vegetation
  • boost the site’s bio-diversity by planting native species and enhance this with the installation of a bee hotel
  • enrich the site’s heritage with the installation of educational interpretation boards 
  • link the site with other ecological areas within the locality completing a natural eco-trail
  • establish a sustainable group of community volunteers to assist in maintaining the site to encourage community collaboration and community pride in the area
Voting for the project is open now and ends Friday 29 June.  

To vote visit: www.calor.co.uk/communityfund/  and search for Sacred Spring Rejuvenation – Hampstons Well, Burton. (Registration on the site is necessary before submitting votes).

There is an informal drop-in event at The Glasshouse, Burton Manor, Burton Village, on 18 June from 4.30pm to 6pm to find out more about the project and how to get involved. For further information please contact: rurallocality@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or  Tel: 01244 973334



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