Taking the Waters
Although known to the Romans, the importance of the spa in Britain as a holiday resort was not fully realised until the end of the nineteenth century when the railways came to town. The railway station in Llandrindod was opened in 1865, although there was very little else at the town at that time. The main growth of the town began to take place from the 1870s onwards when it played host to increasing numbers of visitors - not all of them in search of a cure, as there were plenty of other entertainments.
There were sulphuretted springs available at The Old Pump House Hotel and in the Rock Park, first discovered in 1867.
". . . peculiar hissing sound. So great was the quantity of sulphuretted hydrogen gas given off, that it rose in a quick succession of bubbles to the surface of the water, and upon applying a lighted match to them they exploded with a slight blue flame, somewhat to the consternation of the workmen employed, who, from this fact, concluded that the source of the spring was from a region not usually mentioned in polite society. . . ."
Taking these waters was considered to confer a wide variety of health benefits. Dr Bowen Davies, a noted doctor in Llandrindod, wrote:
General Observations on Sulphuretted Waters.
Both these springs are probably produced by the action of water upon
the metallic suphurets. These absorb oxygen from the water and part
with sulphur, and this unites with the hydrogen of the water to form
sulphuretted hydrogen gas, which remains in solution.
and the sulpheretted water could be taken internally or could be used as a bath or shower.
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