Healing Wells

Healing wells are defined, nowadays, as having less provenance than so-called holy wells.  This is due entirely to the denigration of water as a sacred substance – which it was in all cultures before the patriarchal religion of christian Industrialism emerged.  So, for the benefit of those who like their judaeo-christian definitions (apologies for those who don’t), here are springs and wells that have lost much of their mythic histories – apart, that is, from their traditions and healing lore. 

  1. Abernathen Well, Kirriemuir, Angus
  2. Abraham’s Well, Baildon, West Yorkshire
  3. Acre Well, Baildon, West Yorkshire
  4. Acton Well, Blanchland, Northumberland
  5. Adam’s Well, Colinton, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  6. Adam’s Well, Old Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
  7. Adam’s Well, New Monkland, Lanarkshire
  8. Adam’s Well, Peak Forest, Derbyshire
  9. Adam’s Well, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
  10. Ailsa Well, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  11. Airthrey Mineral Wells, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire
  12. Alders Well, Hawksworth, West Yorkshire
  13. Alum Well, Hexham, Northumberland
  14. Amb Well, Foulridge, Lancashire
  15. An Tiobairt, Kenmore, Perthshire
  16. Arch Well, Harlestone, Northamptonshire
  17. Aristotle’s Well, Oxford, Oxfordshire
  18. Arn Well, Alyth, Perthshire
  19. Arns Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  20. Ash Well, Heaton, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  21. Ash Well, Manningham, Bradford, West Yorkshire – see Holy Ash Well
  22. Ash Well, Rothwell, West Yorkshire
  23. Ashes Well, Whitby, North Yorkshire
  24. Atherton’s Well, Preston, Lancashire
  25. Auchenleck Well, Robroyston – see Wallace’s Well
  26. Avon Well, Naseby, Northamptonshire
  27. Back o’ Brae Well, Easterhouse, Glasgow – see Todd’s Well
  28. Balm Well, Edinburgh – see St. Catherine’s Well
  29. Bampton Well, York, North Yorkshire
  30. Bank Well, Alyth, Perthshire
  31. Barley Well, East Kilbridge, Lanarkshire
  32. Barrasyett Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  33. Barrel Well, Brechin, Angus
  34. Barrel’s Well, Causewayhead, Stirlingshire
  35. Batties Well, Haughhead, Arbirlot, Angus
  36. Battle Well, Montreathmont Moor, Brechin, Angus
  37. Beggars Gill Well, Grassington, North Yorkshire
  38. Berry Well, Swinton, Masham, North Yorkshire
  39. Bessie Barre’s Well, Culross, Fife
  40. Betty’s Well, Langholm, Dumfriesshire
  41. Billey Well, Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire
  42. Binns Well, Baildon, West Yorkshire
  43. Birch Well, Boughton AluphKent
  44. Birch Well, Wanstead, Essex
  45. Birnie Well, Slamannan, Stirlingshire
  46. Birkin Well, Hawksworth, West Yorkshire
  47. Birley Spa, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  48. Black Dike Well, Norwood, North Yorkshire
  49. Black Hill Well, Hebden Moor, North Yorkshire
  50. Black Spring, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  51. Blind Well, Alyth, Perthshire
  52. Blind Well, Blockley, Gloucestershire
  53. Blind Well, Doddington, Northumberland
  54. Blind Well, Kirkton of Largo, Fife
  55. Blind Well, Lanark, Lanarkshire
  56. Blind Well, Sutton-in-Holderness, East Yorkshire
  57. Blond Well, Bannockburn, Stirlingshire
  58. Bluidy Well, Abdie, Fife
  59. Bluidy Well, Newburgh, Fife
  60. Boar Well, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  61. Bodan’s Well, Alyth, Perthshire
  62. Bog Well, Cambusbarron, Stirlingshire
  63. Boiling Springs, Cambusbarron, Stirling, Stirlingshire
  64. Bones Well, Welton, Northamptonshire
  65. Boothdean Spa, Rishworth, West Yorkshire
  66. Bore Well, Bingfield, Northumberland
  67. Botham’s Well, Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire
  68. Bowdler’s Well, Ash-cum-Ridley, Kent
  69. Bower Well, Blairgowrie, Angus
  70. Bowfoot Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  71. Bra Well, Stracathro, Angus
  72. Bradley Spout, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  73. Brae Well, Livingston, West Lothian
  74. Brae Mou Well, Hopeman, Moray
  75. Brandy Well, Capheaton, Northumberland
  76. Bridge Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  77. Bridge End Well, Elland, West Yorkshire
  78. Brock Well, Lambeth, Surrey
  79. Broomielaw Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  80. Broompark Well, Torphichen, West Lothian
  81. Brow Well, Grassington, North Yorkshire
  82. Brown Haw Well, Hebden, North Yorkshire
  83. Bubbling Well, Baildon, West Yorkshire
  84. Bubbling Well, Cramond, Midlothian
  85. Bull Stank Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  86. Bullion Well, Ecclesmachan, West Lothian
  87. Bullstone’s Spring, Howden Moors, South Yorkshire
  88. Bur Well, Brackley, Northamptonshire
  89. Burning Well, Hindley, Wigan, Lancashire
  90. Butt Well, Cawthorne, South Yorkshire – see Serpent Well, Cawthorne
  91. Butt Well, Stirling, Stirlingshire
  92. Butter Well, Dalmeny, Midlothian
  93. Cairn Well, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire
  94. Calf Hey Spring, Cockden, Briercliffe, Lancashire
  95. Calverley Spa Well, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  96. Calverley Woods Well, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  97. Cammerdown Well, Dunnichen, Angus
  98. Camp Well, Kettins, Angus
  99. Cannie Well, Torphichen, West Lothian
  100. Cartyheugh Well, St. Vigeans, Angus
  101. Castle Hill Well, Gomersal, West Yorkshire
  102. Castle Well, Bamburgh, Northumberland
  103. Cat Well, Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland
  104. Cat Well, West Haddon, Northamptonshire
  105. Cat Well, Whittlebury, Northamptonshire
  106. Cattle Well, Detchant, Northumberland
  107. Cattle Well, Lochmill, Kirriemuir, Angus
  108. Caudey Well, Rothwell, West Yorkshire
  109. Celtic Well, Wishaw, Lanarkshire
  110. Chalybeate Well, Blockley, Gloucestershire
  111. Chalybeate Well, Bothal, Northumberland
  112. Chalybeate Well, Broughton, North Yorkshire
  113. Chalybeate Well, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire
  114. Chalybeate Well, Carluke, Lanarkshire
  115. Chalybeate Well, Calverley, Leeds – see Calverley Spa Well
  116. Chalybeate Well, Debden, Northumberland
  117. Chalybeate Well, Douglas, Lanarkshire 
  118. Chalybeate Well, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  119. Chalybeate Well, Portobello, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  120. Chalybeate Well, Rothes, Moray
  121. Chalybeate Well, Walston, Lanarkshire
  122. Chalybeate Well, Wigglesworth, North Yorkshire
  123. Charlie Well, Tullibody, Clackmannanshire
  124. Chartist’s Well, Pendleton Moor, Lancashire
  125. Check Bar Well, Causewayhead, Stirling, Stirlingshire
  126. Civy Sike Spring, Barden Moor, North Yorkshire
  127. Clelland’s Well, Springboards, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  128. Clockmead Well, Currie, Midlothian
  129. Coates Well, Calverley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  130. Cobbs Well, Bingfield, Northumberland
  131. Cocklake Well, Hawksworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  132. Cockplay Well, Auchinloch, Lanarkshire
  133. Cocks Well, Whittingham, Northumberland
  134. Coffin Well, Tissington, Derbyshire
  135. Cold Sike Well, Hebden Moor, North Yorkshire
  136. Cold Well, Laneshaw Bridge, Lancashire
  137. Coley’s Well, Colwell, Northumberland
  138. College Well, St. Michael’s Mount, Brechin, Angus
  139. Collie Well, Hartley, Northumberland
  140. Colly Well, Adlington, Kent
  141. Cooper’s Well, Partick, Lanarkshire
  142. Coppy Spring, Wadsworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  143. Cowper Well, Gomersal, West Yorkshire
  144. Crag Well, Shipley Glen, Baildon, West Yorkshire
  145. Crag Well, Snowden, Askwith, North Yorkshire
  146. Crags Well, Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire
  147. Craig Well, Braes of Birkenhills, Aberdeenshire
  148. Craig Well, Creich. Fife
  149. Craig Well, Lundie, Angus
  150. Craig Wells, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  151. Crawley Spring, Glencorse, Midlothian
  152. Cress Well, Blackheath, Kent
  153. Crickle Spa, Broughton, North Yorkshire
  154. Crime Well, Heysham, Lancashire
  155. Crooked Well, Bo’Ness, West Lothian
  156. Crowfoot Well, Birtley, Northumberland
  157. Crutch Well, BaildonWest Yorkshire
  158. Cuddy’s Well, Doddington, Northumberland
  159. Cullens Well, Dunblane, Stirlingshire
  160. Cunnel Fold Well, Marsett, Bainbridge, North Yorkshire
  161. Curate’s Well, Dunsyre, Lanarkshire
  162. Cuthbert Well, Ellingham, Northumberland
  163. Cutty Well, Brampton – see Nine Wells
  164. Davie’s Well, Langholm, Dumfriesshire
  165. Davy Well, Wadsworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  166. Deanside Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  167. Deer Gallows Well, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  168. Delf Well, Duddingston, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  169. Den Well, Alyth, Perthshire
  170. Diana’s Temple Well, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
  171. Dib Well, Appletreewick, North Yorkshire
  172. Dissenters’ Well, Kelbrook, Earby, Lancashire
  173. Docken Well, Alyth, Perthshire
  174. Docken Well, Lintrathen, Angus
  175. Dodgson’s Clough Spring, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  176. Doidy Poidy Well, Gomersal, West Yorkshire
  177. Dorrick’s Well, Kinghorn, Fife
  178. Dovecot Well, Balloch, Alyth, Angus
  179. Dovestones Well, Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire
  180. Dowgill Spout, Heyshaw, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
  181. Drabby Well, Colden, Heptonstall, West Yorkshire
  182. Drimvargie Spring, Oban, Argyll
  183. Dripping Well, Arbroath, Angus
  184. Dropping Well, Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire
  185. Droustie’s Well, Lochlee – see St. Drostan’s Well
  186. Drumming Well, Oundle, Northamptonshire
  187. Duncan’s Well, Westquarter, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
  188. Duckladge Well, Lintrathen, Angus
  189. Dundas Well, Pitlivie Moor, Arbirlot, Angus
  190. Durks Well, Alyth, Perthshire
  191. East Well, Astwell-with-Falcutt, Northamptonshire
  192. East Well, Whittingham, Northumbria
  193. Egg Well, Ashenhurst, Leek, Staffordshire
  194. Ellen’s Well, Blair Drummond, Stirlingshire
  195. Elm Crag Well, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  196. Enochbank Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  197. Erringden Spa, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire
  198. Eye Well, Byker, Northumberland
  199. Eye Well, East Unthank, Northumberland
  200. Eyebright Well, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  201. Fag Well, Finsbury, London, Middlesex
  202. Far Well, Baildon, West Yorkshire
  203. Far Well, Hebden, North Yorkshire
  204. Fare Well, Calverley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  205. Farkentree Well, Linton, North Yorkshire
  206. Fat Jack Well, Appletreewick, North Yorkshire
  207. Fiddler’s Well, New Monkland, Lanarkshire
  208. Finer’s Well, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland
  209. Finfan Well, Urquhart, Moray
  210. Fingal’s Well, Kirkmichael, Perthshire
  211. Flask Well, Howgill, North Yorkshire
  212. Flass Bent Well, Laneshaw Bridge, Lancashire
  213. Foal’s Well, Grantown on Spey, Moray
  214. Fold Hole Spring, Widdop Moor, West Yorkshire
  215. Fountain Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  216. Fountain Well, Sighthill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  217. Four Sisters Wells, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  218. Frog Well, Lower Swell, Gloucestershire
  219. Frog Well, Yarnton, Oxfordshire
  220. Fuaran nam Biolaire, Cashlie, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
  221. Fuke Well, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  222. Gerchew Well, Balfron, Stirlingshire
  223. Hangie’s Well, Cargill, Perthshire
  224. Hawk Well, York, North Yorkshire
  225. Holland’s Well, Smalley, Derbyshire
  226. Horley Green Spa, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  227. Lambeth Wells, London, Surrey
  228. Meadow Well, Shuttle Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  229. Meadowside Well, Partick, Lanarkshire
  230. Middleton Moor, Cowling, North Yorkshire
  231. Miley Well, Redmire, North Yorkshire
  232. Mineral Well, Airdrie, Lanarkshire
  233. Mineral Well, Anderston, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  234. Mineral Well, Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland
  235. Mineral Well, Blanefield, Stirlingshire
  236. Mineral Well, Blantyre, Lanarkshire
  237. Mineral Well, Dollar, Clackmannanshire
  238. Mineral Well, Fortingall, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
  239. Mineral Well, Portobello, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  240. Ochre Well, Widdop Moor, Heptonstall, West Yorkshire
  241. Owl Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  242. Pear Tree Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  243. Penny Well, Granton, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  244. Pump Well, John Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  245. Randall Well, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  246. Ratten Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  247. Redman’s Spa, Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire
  248. Red Mires Well, Hebden Moor, North Yorkshire
  249. Red Well, Alloa, Clackmannanshire
  250. Reed Well, Welton, Northamptonshire
  251. Rivock Well, Riddlesden, West Yorkshire
  252. Rivock Well, Silsden, West Yorkshire
  253. Rob Roy’s Well, Aberfoyle, Perthshire
  254. Rock Well, Eccleshill, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  255. Rombald’s Well, Morton Moor, West Yorkshire
  256. Rushy Beck Spring, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  257. Salters Well, Gomersal, West Yorkshire
  258. Salt Market Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  259. Scotland Well, Scotlandwell, Kinross
  260. Sheep Well, Isle of May, Fife
  261. Skinners Well, Finsbury, London, Middlesex
  262. Skirtful Spring, Hawksworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  263. Slaughter’s Well, Lechlade-on-Thames, Gloucestershire
  264. Sore Eye Well, Beckenham, Kent
  265. Sore Eye Well, Eldwick, West Yorkshire
  266. Southergill Well, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
  267. South Running Well, Newburgh, Fife
  268. Spa Well, Barnton, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  269. Spa Well, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  270. Spa Well, Broughton, North Yorkshire
  271. Spa Well, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  272. Spa Well, Elland, West Yorkshire
  273. Spa Well, Lauriston, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  274. Spa Well, Preston, Lancashire
  275. Spa Well, Portpatrick, Wigtownshire
  276. Spa Well, Whitby, North Yorkshire
  277. Spa Well, Wigglesworth, North Yorkshire – see Sulphur Well
  278. Spink Well, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  279. Spink Well, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  280. Spink Well, Burnsall, North Yorkshire
  281. Spink Well, Gomersal, West Yorkshire
  282. Spittal Well, York, North Yorkshire
  283. Spout Well, New Monkland, Lanarkshire
  284. Spoutmouth Wells, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  285. Spring Well, Kelvingrove House, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  286. Spring Well, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  287. Springbank Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  288. Standard Well, Narden Moor, North Yorkshire
  289. Stock Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  290. Stone Well, Rothwell, West Yorkshire
  291. Street Well, Bapchild, Kent
  292. Sugar Well, Calverley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  293. Sulphur Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  294. Sulphur Well, Wigglesworth, North Yorkshire
  295. Swanston Springs, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  296. Sweet Well, Morton Moor, West Yorkshire
  297. Sweet Willy Well, Wrose, Shipley, West Yorkshire
  298. Swift Cross Spa, Soyland, West Yorkshire
  299. Tammy Mill’s Well, Laurieston, Stirlingshire
  300. Tod’s Well, Comiston, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  301. Todds Well, Garthamlock, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  302. Tom Well, Stott Hill Moor, North Yorkshire
  303. Tomling Well, Calverley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  304. Trinity Well, Trinity Gask, Perthshire
  305. Tron Well, Tullibody, Clackmannanshire
  306. Trongate Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  307. True Well, Oakworth, West Yorkshire
  308. Trumpeter’s Well, Strathaven, Lanarkshire
  309. Tun Well, Eccleshill, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  310. Twentypenny Well, Duddingston, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  311. Upper Ellistone’s Well, Greetland, West Yorkshire
  312. Vauxhall Well, Lambeth, London, Surrey
  313. Vennel Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  314. Wallace’s Well, Dunfermline, Fife
  315. Walloper Well, Newton, Lancashire
  316. Wanstead Spa, Redbridge, London, Essex
  317. Waterloo Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  318. Waterloo Well, North Queensferry, Fife
  319. Watkinson Well, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  320. Well of the Mosses, Glen Almond, Perthshire
  321. West Bow Well, Edinburgh – see Bowfoot Well
  322. Westgate Well, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  323. Westport Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  324. Whin Knoll Well, Black Hill, Keighley, West Yorkshire
  325. Whin Well, Stirling, Stirlingshire
  326. Whitfield Sike Springs, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  327. Wicken Tree Well, Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
  328. Willie Bold’s Well, Galashiels, Selkirkshire
  329. Willie’s Well, North Queensferry, Fife
  330. Winter Hill Well, Keighley Moor, West Yorkshire
  331. Witshaw Spring, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  332. Wood Well, Batley, West Yorkshire
  333. Wood WellShipley Glen, Gilstead, West Yorkshire
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