Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spas, Wells, & Baths for Health - Dishabrille or New Turnbridge Wells at Islington 1733

Dishabrille or New Turnbridge Wells at Islington by G Bickmam in 1733

This image is atop a sheet of music from 1733.   This song is set to the words of a lyric poem written in 1733 by Mr. Lockman about the popularity of Islington Spa, or New Tunbridge Wells, a pleasure garden in Islington. One of London's smaller pleasure gardens, it was created after the discovery of a spring there in the 1680s. People believed that drinking the spring water would improve their health, and even members of the royal family were said to have tried it.