SN0538 : Ffynnon Drieg revealed

taken 7 months ago, near to Newport, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Ffynnon Drieg revealed
Ffynnon Drieg revealed
Recent clearance of the gulley here has brought to light Ffynnon Drieg, the Treacle Well beside Nant-y-Blodau. The 'well', a shallow reservoir under the bank with a low containing wall beside the stream, was brought to my attention in the 1970 booklet 'Looking Around Newport Pembs'by Islwyn Jenkins, headmaster of the primary school at the time. He set his pupils the task of marking and mapping old footpaths and landmarks around the town and arranged for some of them to clear out this well. He explains that its name refers to the original meaning of treacle as a medicinal balm or healing unguent, the etymology being from the Greek and Latin words for antidote (to the bite of venomous animals.) The only other extant 'treacle well' appears to be the one featured by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland at Binsey near Oxford LinkExternal link
My previous attempts to locate the well failed because it was concealed by vegetation - this may well happen again so it is satisfying to find it still exists.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 8 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 10 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Water resources 
Primary Subject of Photo
Well 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 059 385 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:0.6974N 4:49.7646W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SN 059 385
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