About Pixyled publications

Who are we?

Pixyled is a non-profit making publishing group which plans to cover unusual aspects of topography especially its hydrolatical history!

What books are available?

There are gazetteers of the following counties: under the umbrella title of In search of English Holy Wells:

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Why the name?

Anyone who has searched for holy wells (or any ancient monument) will know its easy to get lost and a folklore explanation was that the pixies or fairies had led them astray. Its happened so often, although less so since I used the name, that I thought it was a novel name.

What we are we intending to publish?

More gazatteers and field guides on holy wells. At the moment I am working on a quite a number: Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Huntingdonshire.

Other books

Well a number are planed not based on holy wells. Currently we are working on a Nottinghamshire Calendar, and works on producing a guide to wayside graves and other unusual un-consecrated burials, screaming skulls and heart shrines.

If you are interested in any books check out Amazon or message me for availability.

  1. Hey,

    Would you be interested in appearing on a podcast I am soon to launch. To talk on the topic of holy wells and springs. Interview via Skype.

    Please contact me on liam_taylor_@hotmail.co.uk

  2. Hello , Where can I buy your books ?

    Also I do you know anything about Holy wells along ancient pilgrim routes :


  3. Hello. You can get them from me there’s quite a bit of the Canterbury way and holy wells in the Kent one. I’ll email you.

  4. What is the price of the books?


  5. Hi, do u have the Derbyshire gazziter left and how much is this ?

  6. Surrey Garland

    We have what is known locally as ‘St Mary’s Well’ but more often as ‘the eyewell’ in the woods at Snodhill, not far from the castle we’ve just restored. It’s a stone hollowed out with a font-like depression, runnels and lips and still bears water. It has not been studied and is little known. We’re looking for someone to examine it – could that be you?

    • Hi Surrey thanks for the message I do know of the well its described by Jonathan Sant who wrote Healing wells of Herefordshire in 1994. If you dont have what it describes be happy to transcribe mind you its not much..books difficult to find. Coincidentally I was nearby last Easter and was planning to find by was unaware whether it was accessible. I would be interested having a look are you planning to restore it?

  7. Do you have any information on the history/legends/folk tales around St Mary’s Well, Kirkby in Furness, Cumbria. We have information on Baptist movements association with the house there but nothing on the origins of the name or any traditions that might be associated with it. Any information that you could point me towards would be most welcome by the local History Group.
    Charles Rowntree.

    • Hi Charles apologies for the brief delay. I haven’t found anything in Harte’s English Holy Wells. Would it be the same one as that recorded in Kirby Ireleth? If so its recorded in Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquaries and Archaeological society new series p45 but as far as I remember the source doesn’t record any properties, legends or history. Sadly a lack of history is common amongst the majority of holy wells…it makes the ones which do more interesting! If I do find out more and I’ll ask some holy well researchers in the area, I’ll let you know. My source states it was lost is this not the case or has it been found? All the best


    I would like to buy a copy of your Hertfordshire book if available.
    Look forward to hearing from you.

  9. Ian Butsy Butterworth

    Hi, I’m in the process of building a website for the community of Flash/Quarnford in Staffordshire Moorlands. I’m writing to ask if it would be possible to use the wonderful article which was written way back in 2014 on the Flash tea pot parade. It would make a great featured article which would be of great interest to the community.
    Hope you can help.
    Kind regards, Ian

  10. Many Many thanks for your kind generosity, it’s taken me so long to reply as I didn’t know my post was successful! The article is superb and judging by feedback I’ve had on other articles, I know it will be throughly enjoyed. I’ll ensure to correctly attribute the article too.
    I would also appreciate you sharing any other photographs you may have, these too are very popular with people. If you’d like to take a look at the website (it has our contact details too) – http://www.flashvillagehall.net

    Thank you once again, it is really appreciated.


  11. In your article on Mother Ludlam’s Cave (https://insearchofholywellsandhealingsprings.com/2014/02/19/an-ancient-celtic-sacred-spring-medieval-holy-well-folly-the-mystery-of-mother-ludhams-cave/) you mention that the theme of lost geese is found at a number of holy wells. Would you be so kind as to point me towards some of these other locations?

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