This moment of quiet contemplation – or just over three minutes to be exact – was found by artist Lisa Elen Atkin. It’s filmed at the Birch Well just beside Eagle Pond within sight of Snaresbrook Crown Court, for the appreciation of a Facebook group about holy wells and sacred springs of Britain. The Birch Well is, according to the Friends of Epping Forest, a
naturalÂ spring within the gravelly deposits here and is nowÂ surrounded by a ring of dressed granite with a small overflowÂ leading to a ditch. It is surrounded by evergreen vegetation,Â mainly holly…Â In an age before piped water, wells like this one providedÂ a source of water for the local inhabitants. Winifred EastmentÂ in Wanstead through the Ages, 1946, quoted an elderlyÂ inhabitant of the area who claimed that â€œno water was everÂ as fresh, cool, sparkling and reviving as that which wasÂ drawn from Wanstead’s well”.
Enjoy it. But best not drink the water.