NT9135 : Sybil's Well, Flodden Hill

taken 7 years ago, near to Flodden, Northumberland, Great Britain

Sybil's Well, Flodden Hill
Sybil's Well, Flodden Hill
The well NT9135 : Sybil's Well, Flodden Hill (detail) is fed by a natural spring but is no longer flowing as designed through the mouth of a carved lion's head into the basin below. Despite very dry weather this spring, water was still dripping through the damaged side of the surrounding sandstone wall more directly into the lower trough. The structure was commissioned in the 1880s by Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford of Ford Castle and bears the inscription
DRINK WEARY PILGRIM DRINK AND STAY
REST BY THE WELL OF SYBIL GREY
It reflects the words used by Walter Scott in his poem, Marmion, about the Battle of Flodden (1513) and was thought to be the spring from which soldiers drank before the battle, and the place (in Scott's epic) where Lord Marmion died LinkExternal link
Flodden Hill was occupied before the battle by the, to be defeated, Scottish King James IV, and his army, but Scott's actual Marmion's Well is thought by several authorities to be the one just west of Branxton village.
Information from Public Sculpture of North-East England by Paul Usherwood, Jeremy Beach & Catherine Morris (2000).
The Battle of Flodden Field :: NT8837
Also called the Battle of Branxton Moor. It was fought on September 9th 1513 between an invading Scots army under King James IV and an English army commanded by Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey. It ended in a victory for the English and was the largest battle (in terms of numbers) fought between the two nations.

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Date Taken
Friday, 25 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 26 June, 2010
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Well > Well   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 9138 3594 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:37.0184N 2:8.3051W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 9134 3595
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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