We are very grateful to an Old Reading Plus Facebook group contributor for pointing us towards the Sedgehill Spring. The spring is a delightful discovery nestled in the Chiltern woodlands near Sonning Common.
The Knollys family built the brick surround in the middle of the nineteenth century, and the stone carving of an elephant above the arch is probably from a family crest. The spring was used as a local water supply before piped water became available, but then fell into disuse. The structure was restored in the 1960s.
The inscription is from two bible verses John 4:13 and 14:
Whoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again but whosoever shall drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.
There are footpaths leading to the spring from Blounts Court Road, one alongside the church, and a more direct route across a field.