Sites of Well Myths and Legends

 
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.


 
Cloaked Figure

Location: Stevington (Bedfordshire) - Church of St Mary the Virgin
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This church is home to a spectre that wears a cloak and old fashioned hat. The site also possesses a holy well that is reputed never to freeze over.


 
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.


 
Bottomless

Location: Tetney (Lincolnshire) - Blow Wells (currently a nature reserve)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It was once said that the pit here would never overflow and was considered bottomless.


 
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.


 
Flower of the Well

Location: Wark on Tyne (Northumberland) - Three wells, were known as Old Kirk Well, High Well and Riverside Well)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 01 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Villagers would visit the wells on New Year's morning in the hope of being the first to sip the waters and obtaining 'the Flower of the Well', a supernatural gift which enabled the bestowed to fly and pass through keyholes, amongst other abilities.


 
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.


 
White Lady

Location: Whittingham (Northumberland) - Well north of village, was known as the Lady's Well
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: Not much is known about the white lady which haunted the village, other than she had some association with a well which, in turn, may have once been considered a healing well.


 
Fairy Wishes

Location: Wooler (Northumberland) - Pin Well, Horsdon Hill
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Well still present
Further Comments: By dropping a bent pin or money into this well, visitors to the well would appease the fairy which lived nearby, and maybe have their wish come true.


 
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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