Sites of Well Myths and Legends

 
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.


 
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.


 
Wellness Indicators

Location: Whitby (Yorkshire) - Ragwells (exact locations not known)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Likely pre-nineteenth century
Further Comments: Shirts or other articles of clothing belonging to seriously ill people would be cast into the waters of wells in this area. If the clothing floated, the person recover. If the item sank, death would soon follow.


 
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.


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