Sites and Locations of Well Myths and Legends

 
 


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.


 
 


Gatley Shouter

Location: Didsbury (Lancashire) - Road to Gatley (was Carr Lane, since renamed?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This phantom, nicknamed the Gatley Shouter but said to be a Jim Barrow in life, was said to emerge from the northern churchyard and head off towards Gatley, gibbering and singing 'Milk and water should I ever, weight or measure gave I never'. The Gatley Shouter was banished by a parson, cast under a large stone by the parson's gate.


 
 


Woman in Silk

Location: Didsbury (Lancashire) - Swivel House (since demolished and rebuilt and renamed)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: After the death of Sam Dean, who made his fortune selling swivels (for handlooms), a phantom woman in a green silk dress started to make an appearance on the site. She moved from room to room, her dress rustling as she moved. Since being renamed / rebuilt, the phantom has not been heard or seen.


 
 


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.


 
 


Monk

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.


 
 


Blood

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.


 
 


Jinny

Location: Gatley (Cheshire) - Jinny Chorlton's home (demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Jinny Chorlton was said to have returned after her death. It would appear that after her old home was demolished, she didn't come back again.


 
 


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.


 
 


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 (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.


 
 


Drumming

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.


 
 


Table

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
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.


 
 


Agile Green Folk

Location: Ilkley (Yorkshire) - Area near the well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 1815
Further Comments: Described as fast moving little folk in green, the fairies that lived in this area were once found in the single village bath - they scarpered when discovered.


 
 


Red Witch

Location: Kenidzhek (Cornwall) - Local well
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This figure has been reported standing by the well. She is believed to have terrorised the village many years previous, though it is unknown why she now only loiters by the pool.


 
 


Waiting for Wil

Location: Kidwelly (Dyfed) - Pistyll Teilo
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A female spirit haunts this area. According to Antony D Hippisley Coxe's Haunted Britain, she cries out 'It is long and cold and tiresome to wait for the descendants of Wil Watter'. The waters of the well is also said to have healing powers.


 
 


Wine

Location: Kinsale (County Cork) - Two Found Out Well (no longer accessible)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The water in a well close to Kinsale was said to turn into wine on New Year's Eve, but anyone who looked into the water at this time would die. A couple went to see if the legend was true, and the following morning their bodies were found next to the well.


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