Sites of Well Myths and Legends

 
Female Form

Location: Melsonby (Yorkshire) - Ladywell (aka Lady Well)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The area around here is haunted by a headless woman, whose history is unknown.


 
Headless Woman

Location: Melsonby (Yorkshire) - Lanes and church close to Lady Well (likely no longer present)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A local myth said the well close to the churchyard was haunted by a headless white lady.


 
Gifts

Location: Minch Moor (Borders) - Cheese Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: The well took its name from the cheese which travellers would leave for the resident fairies.


 
The Rag Well

Location: Munlochy (Highland) - St Boniface's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Rags are tied around the well to transfer ill health and bad luck away from the visitor and into the healing waters.


 
Wishing Well

Location: Newcastle (Gwent) - Well and springs
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This wishing well was used by throwing pins into it, while the waters of the spring would be used to cure joint pain and inflammation.


 
Spring

Location: Oswestry (Shropshire) - King Oswald's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This spring was created when the severed arm of King Oswald of Northumberland hit the ground, dropped by an eagle who had taken it from a battlefield. The nearby hillfort was once thought to have belonged to Guinevere's father, though this is now discounted.


 
Pounding

Location: Oundle (Northamptonshire) - Drumming Well, Drumming Well Lane
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Prior to historical event
Further Comments: This mysterious loud drumming sound has been heard emanating from the well, a prelude to days that shall go down in history - it is documented the beating was heard during the Great Fire of London, the death of Charles II, and the death of Cromwell. The well is currently covered.


 
White Horse Upright

Location: Oxwich (West Glamorgan) - Churchyard
Type: Other
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: This ghostly creature walks around on hind legs, ending the jaunt as it vanishes down an ancient well.


 
Protected Stone

Location: Pelynt (Cornwall) - St Nun's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A farmer once tried to steal this stone to use on his farm - halfway home with his booty, the chains used to drag the stone snapped, allowing the rock to roll back to its starting location. To further prove a point, the oxen used to move the stone all suddenly died, and the thieving farmer was crippled.


 
Wet Man

Location: Phillack (Cornwall) - Buck of Blood inn
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building is said to be haunted by a monk and a man dressed in wet ripped clothes. The latter ghost's body is said to have been discovered in a well on the site.


 
Strange Figures

Location: Portaferry (County Down) - Cooley Wells
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s / 2000s
Further Comments: Several reports of phantom voices and visions of ghostly figures exist based around the area of this set of ancient wells.


 
Charles

Location: Portree (Highland) - Prince Charles's Well, road between Portree and Uig
Type: Manifestation of the Living
Date / Time: 15 April 1746
Further Comments: The day before his defeat at Culloden, the shade of Prince Charles was seen by the well, crying 'defeated'.


 
Red Water

Location: Powerstock (Dorset) - Well
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The water in a well within the village is said to occasionally turn red. A local legend says this is because a husband discovered his wife's infidelity, and pushed her into the well (the red is explained as either her blood or the colour of her clothing).


 
Length of Life

Location: Raphoe (County Donegal) - Well (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pre 1911
Further Comments: This well was said to inform people how much longer they had to live. If someone looked into it and the water bubbled and overflowed, they had a long life ahead of them. However, if the water level sank lower, then the end was nigh.


 
Drifting Monk

Location: Roche (Yorkshire) - Roche Abbey
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This hooded spook has been seen slowly moving around the ruins of this once proud abbey, as has the shade of a grey lady. The site is also home to a wishing well.


 
Bloodstained

Location: Rockfield (Gwent) - St Michael's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the red stones of this well are stained with the Saint's blood.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Rugeley (Staffordshire) - Blithfield Hall
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Home of five ghosts in total, the grey lady has been seen within the building with a set of keys dangling from her belt. The screams of a man falling down a well (no longer present) are still heard in the garden, a tall man dressed in black rubbing a ring stands in the drawing room, while two other ghostly woman have been reported, one seen and the other heard as her dress rustles down a corridor.


 
Golden Table

Location: Ryme Intrinseca (Dorset) - Court Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A golden table is reputed to be at the bottom of a well on the hill.


 
Healing Waters

Location: Sabden (Lancashire) - Fairy Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: The one time rendezvous point of the little folk, their magical powers ensured the water of the well cured the sick.


 
Well Woman

Location: Scouthead (Lancashire) - Old Original public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This female entity that haunts the building is said to have been murdered nearby and her body dumped in the pub's well.


 
Tunnel

Location: Sidbury (Wiltshire) - Unnamed Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown, story told circa 1954
Further Comments: A well in the village was said to have contained a tunnel that led to Sidbury hill. Somewhere within the tunnel is concealed a golden chair.


 
Well Monster

Location: Strathmartin (Angus) - Exact area not known
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dragon which guarded a well managed to eat nine maidens who came one by one to draw water. It was finally slain by a man named Martin who was to be married to the youngest girl.


 
Protector

Location: Strathmartine (Angus) - Nine Maiden's Well (now buried)
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The well belonging to a saintly father and his nine daughters was protected by a dragon.


 
Grey Lady

Location: Taff's Well (South Glamorgan) - Area around natural spring
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The waters of the well were once used to cure rheumatism and are said to have been in use since Roman times. The area is reputedly home to a phantom grey lady.


 
Spits out Bones

Location: Tean (Staffordshire) - Well in the Wall (aka Willy Wall's Well, aka Willy Waugh's Well)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: This well was once said to spit out small bones, most likely belonging to birds, most of the year, but never in July and August.


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