Today, Good Friday, the Chalybeate Spring in the Pantiles re-opened for the summer season, having been shut last year due to troubles with the supply. The traditional ‘dippers’ will be there during the summer serving glasses of water for £1.00.
Afterwards we had lunch in the Duke of York, then walked south to Brighton Lake. So called as it is alongside the road to Brighton, but also known as Pope’s Puddle, after William Law Pope, Minister of King Charles’ Church. Pope set up a scheme where by the town’s unemployed dug out the lake in 1858, and their wages paid by public subscription. The lake is fed by a chalybeate spring running off the common; today it was nice to see some sunshine and blue sky and no rain!