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The drumming well located near to the church is reputed to foretell death in the family of St Quentin. The folklore relates to a story about a fourteenth century drummer called Tom Hewson, who was accidentally knocked down the well by a St Quentin squire. His mother put a curse on the family predicting that the sound of drumming from the well would predict death in the family.
There are other traditions about the well suggesting a long precedent, William the conqueror - who laid waste to the North - is said to have promised the surrounding lands to the first person who reached the well. This turned out to be a drummer boy, but one of Williams nobles named St Quentin knocked the poor lad down the well and claimed the lands for his own.
These tales may of may not relate to a well dedicated to St John of Beverley who was born in Harpham around 640AD. The well which is likely to be pre-Christian was noted for it's healing powers and is the centre of a well dressing procession which starts at Harpham Church each 7th May.