He then conveyed him and his sister into the veriest old well of a shivering best-parlour that ever was seen, where the maps upon the wall, and the celestial and terrestrial globes in the windows, were waxy with cold.(A CHRISTMAS CAROL)

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    the well, like a water well, a damp hole in the ground. – Lambie Dec 17 '17 at 20:12

I googled for definitions of "well" that would fit and I found this which I believe to be correct:

an enclosed space in the middle of a building, giving room for stairs or an elevator, or to allow light or ventilation.


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