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19th Century Tourism
Dripping Well, a romantic glen, 1½ mile north-east of Hastings.
Coghlan's 1830 "Coast Companion" notes of the well:
The Dripping Well is situate in a beautiful wood, immediately above Covehurst Cottage, towards the brow of the cliff. Fish-ponds are in the immediate neighbourhood of the well.
Dorman's 1865 "Guide to St Leonards-on-Sea and Hastings" describes it thus:
The Dripping Well is a romantic spot on the cliff between Ecclesbourne and Fairlight Glen, which will well repay the rambler in search of the pictueresque; where masses of rock covered with lichens and mosses, while trees interlace their roots in the fissures, and overshadow with their foliage a small stream which hides itself among the stones, copiously dripping into a hollow beneath, forms a cool sequestered spot of which fays and faeries might be proud.