SP4808 : St Margaret's Well in Binsey

taken 7 years ago, near to Wytham, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

St Margaret's Well in Binsey
St Margaret's Well in Binsey
St. Margaret's Well is a Grade II Listed Building, which is the model for Lewis Carroll's "Treacle Well" from Alice in Wonderland; this is a holy well dedicated to St Frideswide, patron saint of Oxford. She had fled to Binsey in a bid to escape marriage to a king of Mercia, whose pursuit of her was halted when he was struck blind at the gates of Oxford. Frideswide's prayers brought forth a healing spring, whose waters cured his blindness, and the spring was walled into a shallow well which became something of a focus for pilgrimage, the mediaeval sense of the word 'treacle' meaning 'healing unguent'. The well became a pilgrimage site in medieval times.
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Wednesday, 26 June, 2013   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 26 June, 2013
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Religious sites 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 4855 0805 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:46.1417N 1:17.8697W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 4855 0805
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