About Holy wells and healing springs
Hello. I have spent over 30 years visiting many ancient and mysterious antiquities, but it is the holy well and its allied mineral spring or spa that I have found the most interesting, mysterious and perhaps least studied. My aim has been to record and rediscover such sites and are slowly working through various volumes of ‘In search of England’s holy and healing wells’ county by county. I have already published seven volumes of these researches:Holy wells and healing springs of Essex, Holy wells and healing springs of Hertfordshire, Holy wells and healing springs of Nottinghamshire , Holy wells and healing springs of Derbyshire , Holy wells and healing springs of Lincolnshire, Holy wells and healing springs of Kent and Holy wells of Middlesex and the city of London. If you click the titles you will be directed to Amazon where you can purchase these or alternatively drop me a line and I’ll send them off. More details on my essential reading page. The monthly details of my searches will be detailed in this blog. I have naturally been visiting springs in other countries and will detail these in the blog as well. Hope you find my accounts interesting and please feel free to contact me, make comment and suggest sites.
Definition of a holy well according to Wikipedia:
“A holy well, or sacred spring, is a small body of water emerging from underground and revered either in a Pagan or Christian context, often both. Holy wells were frequently pagan sacred sites that later became Christianized. The term ‘holy well’ is commonly employed to refer to any water source of limited size (i.e. not a lake or river, but including pools and natural springs and seeps), which has some significance in the folklore of the area where it is located, whether in the form of a particular name, an associated legend, the attribution of healing qualities to the water through the numinous presence of its guardian spirit or Christian saint, or a ceremony or ritual centred on the well site. In Christian legend, the water is often said to have been made to flow by the action of a saint, a familiar theme especially in the hagiography of Celtic saints.”
This blog will describe any water supply thought to have healing, mysterical, mysterious and unusual properties, legends and folklore tradition and thus includes springs and wells, lakes, ponds, streams and rivers
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St Winifred’s Well on a frosty December morning.