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, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire
  111. Chalybeate Well, Carluke, Lanarkshire
  112. Chalybeate Well, Calverley, Leeds – see Calverley Spa Well
  113. Chalybeate Well, Debden, Northumberland
  114. Chalybeate Well, Douglas, Lanarkshire 
  115. Chalybeate Well, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  116. Chalybeate Well, Portobello, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  117. Chalybeate Well, Rothes, Moray
  118. Chalybeate Well, Walston, Lanarkshire
  119. Charlie Well, Tullibody, Clackmannanshire
  120. Chartist’s Well, Pendleton Moor, Lancashire
  121. Check Bar Well, Causewayhead, Stirling, Stirlingshire
  122. Civy Sike Spring, Barden Moor, North Yorkshire
  123. Clelland’s Well, Springboards, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  124. Clockmead Well, Currie, Midlothian
  125. Coates Well, Calverley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  126. Cobbs Well, Bingfield, Northumberland
  127. Cocklake Well, Hawksworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  128. Cockplay Well, Auchinloch, Lanarkshire
  129. Cocks Well, Whittingham, Northumberland
  130. Coffin Well, Tissington, Derbyshire
  131. Cold Sike Well, Hebden Moor, North Yorkshire
  132. Cold Well, Laneshaw Bridge, Lancashire
  133. Coley’s Well, Colwell, Northumberland
  134. College Well, St. Michael’s Mount, Brechin, Angus
  135. Collie Well, Hartley, Northumberland
  136. Colly Well, Adlington, Kent
  137. Cooper’s Well, Partick, Lanarkshire
  138. Coppy Spring, Wadsworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  139. Cowper Well, Gomersal, West Yorkshire
  140. Crag Well, Shipley Glen, Baildon, West Yorkshire
  141. Crag Well, Snowden, Askwith, North Yorkshire
  142. Crags Well, Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire
  143. Craig Well, Braes of Birkenhills, Aberdeenshire
  144. Craig Well, Creich. Fife
  145. Craig Well, Lundie, Angus
  146. Craig Wells, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  147. Crawley Spring, Glencorse, Midlothian
  148. Cress Well, Blackheath, Kent
  149. Crime Well, Heysham, Lancashire
  150. Crooked Well, Bo’Ness, West Lothian
  151. Crowfoot Well, Birtley, Northumberland
  152. Crutch Well, BaildonWest Yorkshire
  153. Cuddy’s Well, Doddington, Northumberland
  154. Cullens Well, Dunblane, Stirlingshire
  155. Cunnel Fold Well, Marsett, Bainbridge, North Yorkshire
  156. Curate’s Well, Dunsyre, Lanarkshire
  157. Cuthbert Well, Ellingham, Northumberland
  158. Cutty Well, Brampton – see Nine Wells
  159. Davie’s Well, Langholm, Dumfriesshire
  160. Davy Well, Wadsworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  161. Deanside Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  162. Deer Gallows Well, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  163. Delf Well, Duddingston, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  164. Den Well, Alyth, Perthshire
  165. Diana’s Temple Well, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
  166. Dib Well, Appletreewick, North Yorkshire
  167. Dissenters’ Well, Kelbrook, Earby, Lancashire
  168. Docken Well, Alyth, Perthshire
  169. Docken Well, Lintrathen, Angus
  170. Dodgson’s Clough Spring, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  171. Doidy Poidy Well, Gomersal, West Yorkshire
  172. Dorrick’s Well, Kinghorn, Fife
  173. Dovecot Well, Balloch, Alyth, Angus
  174. Dovestones Well, Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire
  175. Dowgill Spout, Heyshaw, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
  176. Drabby Well, Colden, Heptonstall, West Yorkshire
  177. Drimvargie Spring, Oban, Argyll
  178. Dripping Well, Arbroath, Angus
  179. Dropping Well, Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire
  180. Droustie’s Well, Lochlee – see St. Drostan’s Well
  181. Drumming Well, Oundle, Northamptonshire
  182. Duncan’s Well, Westquarter, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
  183. Duckladge Well, Lintrathen, Angus
  184. Dundas Well, Pitlivie Moor, Arbirlot, Angus
  185. Durks Well, Alyth, Perthshire
  186. East Well, Astwell-with-Falcutt, Northamptonshire
  187. East Well, Whittingham, Northumbria
  188. Egg Well, Ashenhurst, Leek, Staffordshire
  189. Ellen’s Well, Blair Drummond, Stirlingshire
  190. Elm Crag Well, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  191. Enochbank Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  192. Erringden Spa, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire
  193. Eye Well, Byker, Northumberland
  194. Eye Well, East Unthank, Northumberland
  195. Eyebright Well, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  196. Fag Well, Finsbury, London, Middlesex
  197. Far Well, Baildon, West Yorkshire
  198. Far Well, Hebden, North Yorkshire
  199. Fare Well, Calverley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  200. Farkentree Well, Linton, North Yorkshire
  201. Fat Jack Well, Appletreewick, North Yorkshire
  202. Fiddler’s Well, New Monkland, Lanarkshire
  203. Finer’s Well, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland
  204. Finfan Well, Urquhart, Moray
  205. Fingal’s Well, Kirkmichael, Perthshire
  206. Flask Well, Howgill, North Yorkshire
  207. Flass Bent Well, Laneshaw Bridge, Lancashire
  208. Foal’s Well, Grantown on Spey, Moray
  209. Fold Hole Spring, Widdop Moor, West Yorkshire
  210. Fountain Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  211. Fountain Well, Sighthill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  212. Four Sisters Wells, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  213. Frog Well, Lower Swell, Gloucestershire
  214. Frog Well, Yarnton, Oxfordshire
  215. Fuaran nam Biolaire, Cashlie, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
  216. Fuke Well, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  217. Hangie’s Well, Cargill, Perthshire
  218. Holland’s Well, Smalley, Derbyshire
  219. Horley Green Spa, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  220. Lambeth Wells, London, Surrey
  221. Meadow Well, Shuttle Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  222. Meadowside Well, Partick, Lanarkshire
  223. Middleton Moor, Cowling, North Yorkshire
  224. Miley Well, Redmire, North Yorkshire
  225. Mineral Well, Airdrie, Lanarkshire
  226. Mineral Well, Anderston, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  227. Mineral Well, Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland
  228. Mineral Well, Blanefield, Stirlingshire
  229. Mineral Well, Blantyre, Lanarkshire
  230. Mineral Well, Dollar, Clackmannanshire
  231. Mineral Well, Fortingall, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
  232. Mineral Well, Portobello, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  233. Ochre Well, Widdop Moor, Heptonstall, West Yorkshire
  234. Owl Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  235. Pear Tree Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  236. Penny Well, Granton, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  237. Pump Well, John Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  238. Randall Well, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  239. Ratten Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  240. Redman’s Spa, Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire
  241. Red Mires Well, Hebden Moor, North Yorkshire
  242. Red Well, Alloa, Clackmannanshire
  243. Reed Well, Welton, Northamptonshire
  244. Rivock Well, Riddlesden, West Yorkshire
  245. Rivock Well, Silsden, West Yorkshire
  246. Rob Roy’s Well, Aberfoyle, Perthshire
  247. Rock Well, Eccleshill, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  248. Rombald’s Well, Morton Moor, West Yorkshire
  249. Rushy Beck Spring, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  250. Salters Well, Gomersal, West Yorkshire
  251. Salt Market Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  252. Scotland Well, Scotlandwell, Kinross
  253. Sheep Well, Isle of May, Fife
  254. Skinners Well, Finsbury, London, Middlesex
  255. Sore Eye Well, Beckenham, Kent
  256. Sore Eye Well, Eldwick, West Yorkshire
  257. Southergill Well, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
  258. South Running Well, Newburgh, Fife
  259. Spa Well, Barnton, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  260. Spa Well, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  261. Spa Well, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  262. Spa Well, Elland, West Yorkshire
  263. Spa Well, Lauriston, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  264. Spa Well, Preston, Lancashire
  265. Spa Well, Portpatrick, Wigtownshire
  266. Spa Well, Whitby, North Yorkshire
  267. Spink Well, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  268. Spink Well, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  269. Spink Well, Burnsall, North Yorkshire
  270. Spink Well, Gomersal, West Yorkshire
  271. Spout Well, New Monkland, Lanarkshire
  272. Spoutmouth Wells, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  273. Spring Well, Kelvingrove House, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  274. Spring Well, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  275. Springbank Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  276. Standard Well, Narden Moor, North Yorkshire
  277. Stock Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  278. Stone Well, Rothwell, West Yorkshire
  279. Street Well, Bapchild, Kent
  280. Sugar Well, Calverley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  281. Sulphur Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  282. Swanston Springs, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  283. Sweet Well, Morton Moor, West Yorkshire
  284. Sweet Willy Well, Wrose, Shipley, West Yorkshire
  285. Swift Cross Spa, Soyland, West Yorkshire
  286. Tammy Mill’s Well, Laurieston, Stirlingshire
  287. Tod’s Well, Comiston, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  288. Todds Well, Garthamlock, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  289. Tom Well, Stott Hill Moor, North Yorkshire
  290. Tomling Well, Calverley, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  291. Trinity Well, Trinity Gask, Perthshire
  292. Tron Well, Tullibody, Clackmannanshire
  293. Trongate Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  294. True Well, Oakworth, West Yorkshire
  295. Trumpeter’s Well, Strathaven, Lanarkshire
  296. Tun Well, Eccleshill, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  297. Twentypenny Well, Duddingston, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  298. Upper Ellistone’s Well, Greetland, West Yorkshire
  299. Vauxhall Well, Lambeth, London, Surrey
  300. Vennel Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  301. Wallace’s Well, Dunfermline, Fife
  302. Walloper Well, Newton, Lancashire
  303. Wanstead Spa, Redbridge, London, Essex
  304. Waterloo Well, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  305. Waterloo Well, North Queensferry, Fife
  306. Watkinson Well, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  307. Well of the Mosses, Glen Almond, Perthshire
  308. West Bow Well, Edinburgh – see Bowfoot Well
  309. Westgate Well, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  310. Westport Well, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  311. Whin Knoll Well, Black Hill, Keighley, West Yorkshire
  312. Whin Well, Stirling, Stirlingshire
  313. Whitfield Sike Springs, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  314. Wicken Tree Well, Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
  315. Willie Bold’s Well, Galashiels, Selkirkshire
  316. Willie’s Well, North Queensferry, Fife
  317. Winter Hill Well, Keighley Moor, West Yorkshire
  318. Witshaw Spring, Embsay Moor, North Yorkshire
  319. Wood Well, Batley, West Yorkshire
  320. Wood WellShipley Glen, Gilstead, West Yorkshire