Maharajah's Well - 'a childhood incident'

A compelling 12-minute dramatisation. The Maharajah was much intrigued by Reade's tales of the miserable conditions of the poor back in the Chilterns. Reade, who had himself built a well in Azamgarh in India to solve a dispute between brothers, described the impact of the limited access to clean water on the lives of villagers in his Oxfordshire parish: ‘water retained in dirty ponds, and deserted clay pits.

 

How in the dry season the water used for cooking in one cottage was passed onto the like office in others, urchins cruelly thumped for furtive quenching’s of thirst, and washing days indefinitely postponed.

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