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