NZ0737 : The Holy Well, Wolsingham

taken 7 years ago, near to Wolsingham, County Durham, Great Britain

The Holy Well, Wolsingham
The Holy Well, Wolsingham
The document here LinkExternal link states that 'the well has the largest structure over any well in Durham. A rather sluggish supply of water trickles into the well building NZ0737 : The Holy Well, Wolsingham (inside), which despite its size and the attractive use of local stone in its construction, is plain and unadorned. The well was repaired early this century, and more recently refurbished. Wolsingham holy well appears to have no legends or written history, solely being known for the purity of its water.'

A legend has though now been established regarding two local saints although this may have been more to do with tourism or the establishment of the Holy Wells walk by the town's wayfaring group NZ0737 : Chapel Walls Well, Wolsingham. St Aelric and St Godric are said to have lived in a hermitage near here in the C12th LinkExternal link

The derivation of holiness may also have been from 'Hally Well' from the Saxon word 'hal', meaning sound in bodily health LinkExternal link

There is another photo here NZ0737 : The Holy Well, Wolsingham and one from 2005 here LinkExternal link
Wolsingham is a small market town in County Durham situated where the Waskerley Beck joins the River Wear. It styles itself as the 'Gateway to Weardale'. It is an interesting and friendly place, bustling with life, but with many old and interesting buildings. It now serves a predominantly agricultural community but once had a thriving and important steel works.

My descriptions have been aided by the local book: Wolsingham: Gateway to Weardale by Elaine Ridley, Margaret Shepheard and Vivien Welsh (ISBN 0 953074 97 B)

Wikipedia: LinkExternal link

English Heritage learning zone: Wolsingham LinkExternal link

Old photos of Wolsingham in Durham County Council collection: LinkExternal link

Old photos of Wolsingham in the Beamish Museum People's Collection LinkExternal link

Wolsingham website: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 2 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 4 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Roads, Road transport  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0766 3789 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:44.1557N 1:52.9535W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0764 3788
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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