Replacing damaged boards and replacing the currently installed faucet with a hydrant. Such works, among others, are to be performed as part of the renovation of a historic well standing in the central point of the market square in Kazimierz Dolny (Lublin Province). The renovation will be carried out with money collected among donors.
– I wanted this initiative to be completely bottom-up. Hence, I did not apply for any funds to the city hall. These almost three thousand zlotys were collected from the contributions of residents, local entrepreneurs or members of the Facebook group associating lovers of our town. I believe that everyone can do something positive for their little homeland from time to time, says Remigiusz Jeżewski, a resident of Kazimierz Dolny.
The money he mentions will be allocated to the renovation of a historic well standing in the central point of the market square.
The goal is to reflect the original character of the monument as faithfully as possible
Sources say that at the end of the 19th century a manual Abyssinian pump was installed in the street spring to facilitate water collection. In 1913, the architect and conservator of monuments, Jan Koszczyc-Witkiewicz, gave the well a modern look. He designed its wooden housing and characteristic roof.
– Certainly Jan Koszczyc-Witkiewicz would not wish that an element of the well was a garden tap decorated with a cockerel. This element, completely unsuitable for this monument, appeared here a few years ago. It will be replaced by a hydrant with a handle for pumping water. As it was in the times of Jan Koszczyc-Witkiewicz. The cockerel is a symbol of our city, but it clearly does not fit the well – emphasizes the initiator of the contribution.
The works are planned to start in the spring of next year
As part of the renovation, it is also planned to replace the broken boards with which the well is covered. Additionally, all wooden elements will be impregnated. The same color as it is today.
– We have already obtained the consent of the Lublin Provincial Conservator of Monuments. We have planned the commencement of works in the spring, so that the whole thing is ready before next year’s tourist season. After all, as the legend says, whoever drinks water from the well will always come back to us – our interlocutor smiles.
The well is located in Kazimierz Dolny on the market square
Main photo source: City Hall in Kazimierz Dolny