The Domed building of the former mineral well is located close to the One
Tree Hill country park on the outskirts of Martinhole Wood at Langdon Hills. Its structure, resembling that of a Grecian
temple, was once out in the open, but is now amongst trees where its condition is deteriorating all the time.
built to enclose the last of five wells sunk on land to the rear of Hovells Farm on the Vange Hall Estate during the early
1920s, as a 'get rich quick scheme' by a London publican, whose surname was ironically Cash.
Self styled 'farmer'
Edwin Cash - who owned the land - claimed discovery of the water in the early 1900s, and even had a large signboard erected
close to the Five Bells with directions to the 'magic' well in the 'Vale of Health'.
The bottled contents, marketed
by the Vange Water Company and labelled Farmer Cash's Famous Medicinal Vange Water, sold for 2s 3d (12p) and was available
on site or from all Chemists and Stores of repute.
The water was highly sulphated and considered to be of great
medicinal value in curing such ailments as rheumatoid complaints, lumbago, stomach troubles and nervous
Despite good advertising within a few short years the operation had peaked,
and the once going concern folded around the mid 1920s. Reasons are still sketchy as to why
the venture ceased. One theory put forward cites the former tuberculosis sanatorium, opened in
1927 and built on higher ground, as the possible cause of water contamination through its drainage
The domed building after years of neglect is now in very poor condition. Its
structure is cracked in places, a cross beam has become detached, the render upon the exterior
walls needs replacing and little remains of the original lettering.
There is still evidence
of the other wells closeby, and hidden amongst the undergrowth is the concrete hard standing,
where once stood a large wooden hut that was used for storage.
Although named 'Vange Well No.5', it actually stood in the parish of Fobbing, Thurrock