All’s Wells that ends Wells
IN the late 1840s, the grandson of vice Admiral Wells, William Wells Iv, led the way in draining Whittlesey Mere – once England’s largest lake south of Windermere.
He and a group of wealthy men realised that draining the mere to turn the land to agriculture would be far more profitable.
After several failed attempts, they succeeded by using a huge pump, and by 1852 the Mere was dry, as the peat dried out and shrank.
To measure the rate of shrinkage, William Wells sunk an iron post into the ground – taken from london’s Crystal Palace – at Holme Fen.
At the time the top of the post was at ground level, but now just over 150 years later, it stands more than 1 ft above ground due to erosion and continued draining of the land.
The surrounding land is the lowest point in Britain.
To celebrate his new found fortune, William built the pub and named it after his grandfather The Admiral Wells, making it the lowest pub in the British Isles.