Category: Ancient Sites

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Lady Well (Our Lady’s Well), Speen

‘A WELL about 200 yards above the church, on the side of a steep hill, is remarkable for a fine and distinct echo. It is called “Our Lady’s Well,” most probably in reference to...

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Our Lady Well, Woolpit

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893), ‘Near the church is the famous well of “Our Lady,” to which pilgrimages were wont to be made...

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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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Sudbury Holy Well

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893),’About half a mile from the town is a spring of exceedingly pure water, which is supposed to possess...

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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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Robin Hood’s Well, Wakefield

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893), ‘Robin Hood’s Well is reputed to be the starting-place of a padfoot called in the neighbourhood the “Boggard...

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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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St Kenelm’s Well, Winchcombe

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893), ‘WHILE the body of St. Kenelm was being brought to Winchcombe, the bearers, becoming very weary and thirsty,...

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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...