Sites of Well Myths and Legends

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.


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.

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.

Bloody Tongue

Location: Thornton, Bradford (Yorkshire) - Jim Craven Well
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though the exact location of the well has now been lost, it was guarded by a large black hound with glowing red eyes, known as 'Bloody Tongue'. The beast was sometimes accompanied by the ghost of an old hag with a storm lantern.

Well of Our Lady

Location: Threshfield (Yorkshire) - Village well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local man stumbled across a party of goblins, only managing to elude the creatures by hiding in the well. Ever since that day, the holy well has been thought to repel evil.

Fairy Meet

Location: Trellech (Gwent) - Area around the wells
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Fairies are said to make their presence known around this area once a year.

Wishing Well

Location: Trellech (Gwent) - St Anne's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This well is said to indicate the likelihood of the wish becoming true by the number of bubbles sent to the surface after dropping a pebble into the water - lots indicate a good chance, none indicating hell would first freeze over!

Three Wishes

Location: Ventnor (Isle of Wight) - Wishing Well, St Boniface Down
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This wishing well must be approached walking backwards, without turning the head. Once there, a sip of the water ensured three wishes.

Animals Feel 'It' at 20:20 Each Evening

Location: Waterbeach (Cambridgeshire) - Denny Abbey, A10 north from Waterbeach
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty past eight in the evening (Reoccurring)
Further Comments: Noticed by people who live near the Abbey, animals are supposed to act defensively at evening, as if a stranger was walking passed. Years before this was noticed, a local tale stated that the sounds of somebody using a non-existent well could be heard on the site - this was long before two old wells were actually excavated.

Young Lad

Location: Wellow (Nottinghamshire) - Red Lion public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Red Lion is reputed to be home of two ghosts. One is of a young boy who drowned in a well in the cellar, while the other presence is said to be a former customer who had nowhere else to go!

White Lady

Location: Wellow (Somerset) - St Julien's Well
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Before a death of the Lord of Hungerford
Further Comments: This phantom white woman would materialise to give warning of encroaching death.

Lady's Well

Location: Woolpit (Suffolk) - Spring in meadow close to the church, currently a nature reserve
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: A spring on this site was said to heal sore eyes.

Butter Makers

Location: Worsthrone (Lancashire) - Jam Hole Well
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Fairies and other little folk would use this area to churn their milk into butter.

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