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