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