“If You Don’t Know History, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is a part of a tree.”
Lucky are those who have the honor of witnessing the History in making and doomed are those who witness the history destroyed. This is the exact reason that many of us are so negligent towards our own history and fighting for a better future. Well, most ironically Dun is being enlisted as a prospective city for the Smart City Project by the Central Government. The city is abuzz with the discussions and debates on what to do and what not do. At the same time in a distant corner is lying our heritage engulfing the rich history of the city screaming for attention. We are so busy in moving forward that we often forget to stop and admire what all are we losing on. The idea of a new Doon is intriguing to some and for some it is a dreadful dream. For some such as me, the idea of Doon has never been so embellished or catastrophic as the idea of the old Doon destroyed.
This is about a piece of history that might have been a gem of the city only if people had known about it. Situated in the very heart of the city and at one of the busiest places of the city is the Shore’s well. Constructed in the year 1823 by F.J Shore, it is said to have been made with an expense of 11,000 rupees at that time and was dug 228ft. Imagine! The level of service of the man who wished and initiated to construct a well to provide fresh water for the people nearby. During those times also the underground water level was very low in the area as compared to some places such as Doiwala or Sahaspur. F.J Shore was appointed as the assistant collector at that time.
Not just the well but a humongous Dome was also constructed over the well. Which still stands proudly even today though entangled in the roots of trees piercing through the structure. Inspite of being induced with all the negligence it still stands resolute hoping for attention. The Dome Constructed over is huge in size and it is very rare to see such a grand dome constructed over a well.
Through the years there have also been many legends which took formation around it. It is said that in those times a goat fell into the well and because of that people stopped using the water. Then it also said that the dome structure was used to hand the criminals by the British Empire. A person living just next to the well also told us that on some nights at around 10 a loud splashing noise can be heard from the well as if a big water creature is thumping inside. But we figured out that maybe the flow of water in the well would increase causing the splashing sound.
Though as they say it’s never too late. After bringing into the notice of the cities Nagar Nigam a ray of hope shines for the structure. Nagar Nigam has promised to take up the care and restoration of the well and we hope that this action initiates a chain that covers all the historical pieces of our city lying in disparity.