Category: Ancient Sites

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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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Basket Wells

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893), ‘The parvise over the porch of St. Margaret’s Church is known as the “Maids’ Chamber,” in consequence of...

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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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Moor Well, Dodleston

Robert Charles Hope recounts the following tale of the Moor Well in The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells (1893). ‘The boundaries of the parish were marked by a series of wells, which used...

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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 Helen’s Well, Thorp Arch

Today the Well is dried up but Robert Charles Hope gives the following description of St Helen’s Well in The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells (1893). ‘It was usual for those who consulted...

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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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Chadwell, Pertenhall

“The other day, in passing through Pertenhall, I noticed the Chadwell Spring, at Chadwell End, to be a big one. At one time it was proposed to have a drain to carry the water...