Sites of Well Myths and Legends

Distort Girl

Location: Chieveley (Berkshire) - Village well
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This girl killed herself in the well after she discovered both her lover and her father had been killed in a Civil War battle. The shade can still be heard crying.


Location: Cholderton (Wiltshire) - Cholderton House and well
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: His body found in the well, it was ruled by the powers-that-be the Canon had accidentally slipped and drowned. For years afterwards, the house and well were haunted by sounds of someone moving around.


Location: Cockden (Lancashire) - Hey Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The little people were said to use this area as a meeting ground.

Charlotte in White Robe

Location: Colchester (Essex) - Berechurch Hall, Charlotte's Well. Just outside of Colchester
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1937
Further Comments: Located in a well hidden part of the grounds, the well was build for a beautiful woman named Charlotte. She is said to have loved the well so much that she could never leave it, and has been seen since her death in the area of the bathing pool.

Dying of Thirst

Location: Corgaff (Aberdeenshire) - The Well in the Grey Wood, between Corgaff and Glengairn
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A well in this area was cursed - if a person drinking from the well failed to leave a pin, they would die of thirst.

Kettle Gold

Location: Corgarff (Moray) - Well at the base of a steep hill (unsure if still present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: This well was fed from three springs, one curing deafness, the second blindness, the third lameness, although the price of removing an ailment was gold. An entity administered the area, storing donations in a kettle which was buried under what was known as the Kettle Stone. Anyone who tried to remove the stone and steal the gold would die a terrible death soon after.

Flooded Well

Location: Cork (County Cork) - Lake in Cork Lough Park
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Lake still present
Further Comments: A legend says that this area was once owned by a king. A water well used by the local population was placed out of bounds, the king stating only his daughter could use it. However, one evening as the princess drew water for a royal party, the waters of the well flooded over, drowning the family and covering their castle. Some nights the party can still be heard continuing under the lough.

Disease Cure

Location: Didsbury (Lancashire) - Well in churchyard (may no longer be present)
Type: Other
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A well here was said to cure disease. People would also leave pins close to it for luck.

Healing Wells

Location: Drummore (Dumfries and Galloway) - Chapel Wells, sea water wells
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Children were once bathed in the waters of the wells to cure ills.

St Withburga's Well

Location: East Dereham (Norfolk) - St Nicholas's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This holy well formed after the saint's body was stolen by monks acting on the orders of the Abbot of Ely.


Location: Edington (Wiltshire) - Between Monk's Well and the church
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: An elderly monk has been spotted in this area. One witness noticed something was amiss when his dog didn't bark at the figure, as the creature insisted on barking at anyone else.


Location: Finchampstead (Berkshire) - Holy Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Saint Oswald is said to have spent time at this well, which was said to flow with blood during times of national crisis.

Well Dweller

Location: Fornham All Saints (Suffolk) - Well in the village (exact location unknown)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: An old story, most likely told to prevent children playing too close to the well, said a mermaid waited within the well. She was ready to drown children who touched the water's edge.

Holy Grail

Location: Glastonbury (Somerset) - Chalice Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: After the death of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea brought the Grail to England and buried it so the waters that feed the well wash over the object.

First Church in Britain

Location: Glastonbury (Somerset) - Wirrall Hill (sometimes known as Wearyall Hill) and abbey
Type: Legend
Date / Time: AD63 (ish)
Further Comments: The abbey, of which only the ruins remain, was built on top of the first Christian church in the UK. A holy well located here once cured the sick. Monks based here in the twelfth century claimed to have discovered the bones of King Arthur on the site, though little evidence exists to back this claim up.

Magic Well

Location: Gorslas (West Glamorgan) - Llyn Llech Owen
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This lake now covers the location of a magic well which would never run dry on the proviso that it was always covered up with a rock after use. One man forgot to do so, and the water flooded the local area.

Guardian Griffin

Location: Griffydam (Leicestershire) - Old well
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This mystical beast once set up home at the well, and attacked anyone who tried to draw water. A wandering knight fought the creature, killing the part lion, part eagle beast with arrows from afar.

Friend Finder

Location: Gulval (Cornwall) - Well at 'Fosses Moor'
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This well could be used to check the condition of missing people. If the water remained calm when asked about the person, it implied they were dead. If the water bubbled, the person was ill. If the water gushed, then the missing person was fit and healthy.

Sir James Stanfield

Location: Haddington (Lothian) - Amisfield House (now ruins within Amisfield Park)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir James is said to have been murdered by his son, and the body thrown into the well. The area around the well is said to be haunted by the white spectral figure of Stanfield.

Mad Monk

Location: Haldon (aka Haldon Hills) (Devon) - Lidwell Chapel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The monk would kill and rob passing travellers, throwing their bodies down a nearby well. A sailor who had stopped to rest for the night discovered what the monk was up to. He threw the evil cleric down the same well to hold him until the authorities turned up. The monk is still heard trying to escape.


Location: Harpham (Yorkshire) - Area of the church
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to a death in the St Quinton family
Further Comments: Tom Hewson was killed by a member of the St Quinton's in the 1300s - ever since then he can be heard beating his drum prior to a death in the family. Some report that the drumming emanates from a well.

Pedlar in the Well

Location: Hayfield (Derbyshire) - Highgate Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A peddler who was murdered and whose body was hidden in a well at the hall was not impressed - his ghost came back and haunted the location to such an extent many refused to go near the hall after dark. The haunting ceased after the well was sealed.


Location: Hillcombe (Dorset) - Well in the village
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This well is said to contain a table made either of silver or gold that no one has yet managed to recover.

The Holy Well

Location: Holywell (Cambridgeshire) - Churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The waters of the well were said to cure sore eyes, and teenage girls would throw money into the pool in the hope the face of the man they would marry would appear to them.

Healing Waters

Location: Holywell (Clwyd) - St Winefride's Well (aka well of St Winifred)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This well sprung up where St Winefride's severed head hit the ground after she was decapitated by an angry local. Luckily, St Beuno was passing by; he picked the head up off the ground and stuck it back on Winefride's shoulders. She soon recovered.

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