A short history of bottling Buxton water(read more)
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Bottle embossed 'Chee Tor Mineral Water Co., Buxton
Seeing the success of larger firms such as the Buxton Mineral Water Company, entrepreneurs tried to set up rival businesses. Chee Tor is a local beauty spot about five miles to the east of Buxton, on the banks of the River Wye. You can visit it by walking or cycling along the Monsal Trail.
Buxton has long been associated with water, both for bathing and drinking. William Henry Robertson MD, the doctor at the Devonshire Hospital in the 1850s and 60s sets out Rules for Drinking the Water, saying that "it is seldom necessary to take more than two half pints of the waters every day" and that you should ease yourself into the practice of drinking it.
The waters are so fully charged with gas ... apt to occasion some degree of giddiness of even headache, that it is prudent at first to drink the water by sips,... ' (A Handbook to the Peak of Derbyshire and to the use of the Buxton Mineral Waters; or Buxton in 1854, page 226).
The first reference to Buxton Mineral Water being sold is an advert in London's Morning Advertiser 17 April 1855. It reads: "Buxton Mineral Waters. Bottled by authority at St. Ann's Springs." It was sold in pint bottles, with directions for use, by Francis E Nielson, Pharmaceutical Chemist, the Quadrant, Buxton; and by Hawkins and Co. Importers of Mineral Waters, Duke Street, St James's, London.
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)
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