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