Re-Sourcing the Sinai Spring

by Laura Wigg-Bailey in Burton On Trent, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th October 2019 we successfully raised £5,210 with 23 supporters in 28 days

Restore the ancient Chalybeate spring at Sinai Park House and create better access to its health giving properties.

by Laura Wigg-Bailey in Burton On Trent, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We would like to use the wood from the Ash Tree which must be felled in order to restore the plunge pool and create benches and tables with beautiful carvings inspired by the house and land for visitors to use and enjoy during their time at the Chalybeate Spring.


The Story

The Chalybeate Spring at Sinai Park House is arguably the whole reason why the site was chosen first as a private dwelling in the 1100s and then as a place for rest and recuperation for the Monks of Burton Abbey in the 1300s. Later the Georgian owners of the house, the wealthy and influencial Paget family, loved it so much they built a stone plunge pool around the spring with steps to enter the water safely and an inscribed plaque to mark the source of the ancient spring.

The Need

Nowadays the stones around the spring have fallen into disrepair and a self-seeded Ash tree has buried its roots at its source. The access for visitors is blocked by hedgerows and and the only creatures enjoying this magical and enchanting place are the sheep grazing happily all around.

The Sinai Park House Trust want to restore the plunge pool and create access through hedgerow from the National Forest Sinai Woodlands walk so that people can visit the spring, learn about its role within the history of Sinai and picnic in this tranquil meadow setting. 

The Method

We will work with local students, landowners, charities and volunteers to create the access to the spring through the National Forest and commission specialist conservation craftsmen and women to restore the stone plunge pool and landscape the area for people to safely enjoy their visit to the spring. 

There is more information about Sinai Park House online at www.sinaiparkhouse.co.uk

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

0 of 15 claimed

The Source of Sinai Guided Tour

Meet our local expert on the Ancient Springs of Burton and learn why the Chalybeate Spring at Sinai is so special. Discover why the unique chemical make-up of the water is believed to have health giving properties and why ancient Britons used these springs in their rituals as well as in everyday life. You will also be given the unique opportunity to bathe your hands and face in the spring's water. Please note this will be at your own risk.

£20 or more

2 of 100 claimed

Limited Edition Print

Receive a limited-edition print of Sinai Park House as a thank you. You will also receive an interesting Sinai Park House fact sheet and a personal thank you letter.

£50 or more

0 of 100 claimed

Personalised initials carved into a bench or table

To have your nominated initials carved into the Ash picnic tables and benches we create from the felled Ash Tree.

£75 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Tour of Sinai Park House and Cream Tea for Two

Guided tours of Sinai Park House and grounds are usually only available to large booked groups. This reward will give you a voucher for a private tour and cream tea for two people to be redeemed at a date to suit you and the Chair of the Trust who will give the tour.

£250 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Stay the night at Sinai Park House

Be one of the first people to stay in the guest suite of the restored wing at Sinai Park House and enjoy the atmosphere and comfort of this extraordinary historic house. Breakfast is also included in this reward but you must discuss your dietary requirements with us before hand.

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