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