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