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Rock Park Spa - Llandrindod Wells
Free Chalybeate Sping Llandrindod Wells
The Springs were referred to in Roman writings as Balnes Siluria '(the baths of the Silurians) and in the 19th Century as 'Ffynnon Cwm-y-Gog' (the well in the cuckoo's vale).
Prompted by the discovery of the Saline and Sulphur Springs in close proximity to the Chalybeate 'spout', the present Rock Park Pump room was built around 1867. It fell into disuse and disrepair in the 1970's and was restored through a joint venture involving Radnor District Council and the Wales Tourist Board in 1982/83. The Waters are once more available by the glass, and there is a restaurant where the old pump room used to be. The southern end of the L shaped building houses a heritage exhibition on the Mid Wales spas and a complementary therapy centre. This was once the site of the medicinal baths and treatment rooms.
Sulphur - Eczema, skin diseases, bronchial ailments, gastritus, heartburn, etc., diseases of the bladder and kidneys. Sufferers from all these conditions drank the sulphur water and it is said that, taken in conjunction with the saline water, the sulphur water could also be beneficial to those complaining of gout and rheumatism.
Saline - This water was popular taken with the sulphur as above.
Magnesium - Recommendations for the magnesium were similar to those for the sulphur but with the additional belief in its being beneficial to 'diseases of a tubercular nature'. To quote from the Llandrindod Wells Guide Book in 1897 -
...... "From two to six glasses should be taken before breakfast, and perhaps another or more in the forenoon, but not later in the day. Each dose should be followed by active exercise ...... It is important that those who come secure experienced advice. Better stay at home than subject one's organisation to the careless use of these waters"....
Chalybeate - This water was recommended for anaemia and general debility at the turn of the century. The spring, situated at the side of the wooden bridge, is free. To quote an 1897 Guide Book -
..."This will be found a most useful tonic without any astringent properties. As to the therapeutic action of this spring. I can only say that it can be given with advantage in all those cases where a non-astringent and easily assimilated preparation of iron would be deemed advisable"...
Drink immediately at the spring, the Chalybeate water does not keep well.
Llandrindod Wells Spa Town Trust
Rock Park Centre, Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6AE
Telephone:- +44 1597 822997
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