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:

41hg+4iqxiL._SY300_holywellhertsholy-wells-and-healing-springs-of-nottinghamshireholywells-of-derbyshirelincscoverLondon front coverKent front coverCambridgeshire front coverHuntingdonshire front coverNorfolk front cover

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 gazetteers and field guides on holy wells. At the moment I am working on a quite a number: Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk and Sussex

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?

  12. In your article about a well in Eltisley, Hunts you mention ‘St Ive’s Well in the town’. We are researching springs in Cambridgeshire and would like to know more about this site. Can you get in touch with us. You might be interested in our webpage on Nine Wells http://www.cambsgeology.org/565-2-2

    • Hi thanks for the note it is in the Holy well and healing springs of Huntingdoneshire this is what it says in the book St. Ives’ Well (TL 305 725) is the most noted mediaeval well although despite its
      importance to the settlement named after it, it is largely forgotten. Goscelin of SaintBertin notes in his Miracles of St Ive tells how a farmworker, ploughing at Slepe (in
      1002), uncovered a sarcophagus, this was probably the remains of a Roman, but he
      was told that it was body of St Ivo in a dream. When the body was removed to
      Ramsey Abbey a spring rose where the sarcophagus lay. It is said that the:
      “water of St Ive’s Well which rose in the very place where his holy body had
      lain, and offered health-giving draughts to those parched by fever”.
      According to later section of the Miracles (tr. Migne 1844–80):
      “..a spring of sweet water bubbled up from the tomb, and from it there flowed a river
      that made glad the City of God, which is to say, the faithful. What could be more
      fitting than that this should appear at the tomb of this saint! For it was from the
      goodness of his inner heart, while he lived, that the streams of living water and the
      fountain of eternal life flowed out to teach and help everyone’.
      A number of miracles are recorded. One tells how a women travelled from
      Canterbury and was on vigil at his tomb and drank from the holy well and was thus
      cured. The well was a notable cure for dropsy: William of Malmesbury in the 1120s
      notes how a monk was told to visit the shrine in a dream and was cured of the dropsy
      and the 14th century Life of St Ive tells how two lepers, three blind men and three
      men with dropsy were cured at the well. Another story tells how a boy told to get
      water from the market got it from the well and found it could not boil. The well’s
      water would protect against evil forces: a woman, after taking a hare for her lover
      (said to be the devil in disguise), repented and carried a well water in a bottle for her
      protection and how a woman threw up a snake, she swallowed accidentally whilst
      sleeping after haymaking, and that after drinking from the well and standing before
      the altar! It is recorded that Abbott Ednoth rebuilt the church in honour of St Ive in
      such a way ‘that his tomb, the source of so many virtues, lay partly inside the wall,
      and partly outside. This meant that whenever people came, whether the church doors
      were open or closed, they would never be cut off from the stream of grace. And God,
      that God who once made the water flow from the living rock, has continued to work
      wonders through his saints. Despite a number of legends nothing appears recorded
      of its location or fate, suggesting the well fell out of favour early in the mediaeval
      period and indeed the story of a women from Canterbury suggests that this legend
      may have been in direct competition with this shrine.

      Hope that helps.

  13. Anne McCormick

    Hi, I’m interested in obtaining a copy of the R.B Parish Gazetteer for Lincolnshire holy wells. I’m on Sabbatical looking at Holy Wells and I find your site really useful thank you

    • Dear Anne,

      Thanks for your message on my holy wells blog regarding the above book and apologies for the delay. I do have a copy if you are interested. The easiest way is via PayPal using this email on the friends and family option. The cost is £5 plus £2 p and p – assuming you are UK based. I am planning to send off a number of books this week so hopefully if do want one and manage to pay via PayPal you can get it fairly ASAP so you can soon find some (and maybe rediscover some I thought were lost) during your sabbatical.

      All the best and thanks again for the interest


      Other books available
      In search of English Holy and healing wells Volume I–Holy wells and healing springs of Essex

      In search of English Holy and healing wells Volume II–Holy wells and healing springs of Hertfordshire.

      In search of English Holy and healing wells Volume III–Holy wells and healing springs of Nottinghamshire

      In search of English Holy and healing wells Volume IV–Holy wells and healing springs of Derbyshire.

      In search of English Holy and healing wells Volume V–Holy wells and healing springs of Lincolnshire and update appendix on Nottinghamshire

      In search of English Holy and healing wells Volume VI–Holy wells and healing springs of Kent

      In search of English Holy and healing wells Volume VII–Holy wells and healing springs of Middlesex and London.

      In search of English Holy and healing wells Volume VIII–Holy wells and healing springs of Cambridgeshire

      In search of English Holy and healing wells Volume IX–Holy wells and healing springs of Huntingdonshire

  14. We have discovered a well in our garden in Shrewsbury. I also game knowledge of a well at the base of the wrekin that is lined with quarried stone. I would really like to talk to someone about how I might go about looking into the history of both wells

  15. Would like to include some of your material on Welsh wells in the Llygad y Ffynnon, the biannual newsletter of Cymdeithas Ffynhonnau Cymru (the Welsh Wells Society). Could permission be granted?

  16. Hello

    I’m Samia, leader/founding member of Friends of Holywell (Longthorpe/Peterborough)

    Me & my team have transformed the Holywell ponds for the past two years.

    Maybe you would like to contact me to update some infos from your last articles written 11 years ago.

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    Samia Merrington

    • Hi Samia thanks for the message. I would indeed be very interested in what has been done. Perhaps you would like to do a blog post on it? I did a piece for Cambridgeshire radio once on the site be interested to see if anyone ever recorded it…I unfortunately didnt!

  17. Hi – I am writing to ask whether you would allow me to use your nice picture of Saint Beuno’s holy well, in a book that I have just written. I will of course acknowledge your contribution if you give me permission to use the image.

    Best wishes,


    • Hi Julian thanks for the message and polite request. I am happy if it is a small press, certainly if privately published, but if it is for major publisher the usual procedure should be done. Apologies for the delay I have been away. All the best

      • Hi – sorry about the late reply. I’ve been away – in the Llyn Peninsula, actually, and I managed to get a nice photo of Saint Beuno’s well on the way back home! Thanks, anyway.

        Best wishes,


  18. Hello, I am writing from Carnegie Publishing, a small, independent publishing house based in Lancaster, UK. We would be interested in reproducing an image that features on your traditionalcustomsandceremonies website, of St John’s Well, Harpham, in a forthcoming book on the customs of Yorkshire. The image would be reproduced as a quarter-page in size, on the insides of the book, and we are expecting a print run of approximately 1000 copies. Could you tell me how I may obtain permission to use this image, please? We will of course credit the source however you should wish. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Best wishes,
    Penny Hayashi
    Carnegie Publishing

    • Dear Penny thanks for the email and apologies for the brief delay. Obviously, one would normally expect a reproduction fee but I appreciate it is a small run. Therefore I give permission for its reproduction citing R.B. Parish as copyright and sending a complimentary copy. Incidentally, I wonder if you’d be interested in a similar volume for Nottinghamshire – a county where such a book has not been written? Although of course you may be specialised on books around your office address. If you are I am in the process of writing. Please let me know if you want me to send a copy over of the photo. Best wishes Ross

  19. Carole Carmichael Parsons


    I would like to buy a copy of the title ‘The Holy Wells and Healing Springs of Kent’, please could you advise if this is available to purchase.
    With thanks,

    • Hello thanks for the message the earliest way is via PayPal using Rossparish@hotmail.com using the friends and family option so I am not charged more – the cost is £6 plus £2 P and P. If you manage to do something today or next couple of days I will be able to send off as I am off work currently. Thanks again

    • Carole Carmichael Parsons

      Hello, thank you for your response, I am purchasing this title on behalf of my organisation so I am unable to use the payment method you have suggested. Are you able to take another form of payment?

  20. Hello again, I’ll email you an alternative. Thanks again

  1. Pingback: Harrogate Spa Water rings WoW | The HoBB

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: