St Alkelda’s Well, Middleham
St Alkeda was a chaste Saxon maiden, sometimes described as a princess, noble woman or a nun. On 28th March 800AD, somewhere close to the site of St Mary’s and St Alkelda’s Church, she was strangled to death for her faith by two Danish women involved in a Viking raid. It has been suggested that they killed her by twisting a napkin around her neck.
Her Holy Well in Middleham was, like many such wells said to have curative powers and was apparently very beneficial to people with weak eyes.