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St Catharine’s Well, Eskdale

‘At the head of the charming valley of Eskdale stands the interesting little church dedicated to St. Catharine. Just outside the churchyard wall is St. Catharine’s Well. In olden times, on the feast-day of...

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St Andrew’s Well, Kirkandrews-upon-Eden

‘Only one well has been discovered dedicated to St. Andrew in the county, which is situated in the churchyard of Kirkandrews-on-Eden, and is not affected by the most intense frost or the longest drought....

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Dalston Holy Well

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893),’The Holy Well near Dalston is very interesting, and had some connection with Carlisle. It is situated in the...

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Thanet Well, Greystoke

In Greystoke, about a mile away on the borders of this parish, there seemed to be a most interesting memorial of St. Kentigern in a well much visited by strangers and farmers called “Thanet...

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Tommy Tack Well, Gilcrux

No trace of Tommy Tack now exists though the following two 19th century accounts refer to the wells medicinal properties. “This Parish is perhaps the most remarkable of any in England for the fineness...

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St Kentigern’s Well, Castle Sowerby

Robert Charles Hope gives the following description of St Kentigern’s Well in The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells (1893). ‘There was an ancient well in the vicarage garden at Castle-Sowerby, which probably once...

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Irthington Holy Well

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893), ‘At Irthington, rising in the churchyard boundary, was the well called “How,” or “Ha,” evidently a corruption of...

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Toddel Well

‘No one now seeks Toddel Well in the township of Longrigg. It was formerly the belief in this parish that the waters of this well had a similar efficacy to the pool of Bethesda,...

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Bell Hill, Eskdale

To the north of the church (St Catharine’s) is a rock called Bell Hill, where the chapel bell is said to have been hung. It is more likely a relic of the old fire-worship...