Country and County: Cumbria

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John Whitfield A6 Ghost

It has been suggested that the ghost of John Whitfield, a highwayman hung in chains by Barrock Fell can be heard crying for help. In his book ‘Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland’ (1899), Daniel Scott...

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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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Mockerkin Tarn

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893),’ A small town on the left-hand side of the road leading from Cockermouth to Egremont, and near the...

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Bishops Well, Aspatria

There was formerly a well in the glebe field near the church, by some called the Bishop’s Well. [The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893)]

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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...