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A Fairy Fountain At Uphall

Burning All Night


Yesterday the water of a mineral well on the estate of Middleton, Uphall, belonging to Sir John Pender, suddenly became very disturbed, and presently began to spurt up like a fairy fountain, and to bubble over in a very remarkable manner. Under the well is an old deep mineral bore from which both gas and water used to issue. A few years ago the gas was frequently lit, and the flames would rise to a height of ten or twelve feet. The present disturbed state of the water is doubtless due to the return of gas, and towards night a lighted taper on the end of a pole was stretched out upon the surface of the angry water, when an explosion immediately took place. The flames leapt up about 12 feet and continued to burn all night.


Edinburgh Evening News, 24th July 1888

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