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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:27 am 
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Hello, all

I've added short write-ups of Berkswell; Trinity Well, Trewern; White Well, Trewern; and Lady Well, Whixall, to megalithic.co.uk; and an account of my stay at St Winifred's Well, Woolston, to my own site - should anyone be interested!

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=17870

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=17871

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=17872

http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=17873

http://www.geocities.com/jamesrattue/we ... ifred.html



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Great post. St Winifred's Well at Woolston what a great idea. It is so hard to make the maintenance of a Holy Well economically sustainable. Pity this sort of approach is not viable for most of the known Wells site, at least not in their current forms.

Having a quick read of the Trinity Well ref I was also interested to see that the water, according to Jones was sweetened with brown, not white for some reason, sugar when drunk from the Well on Trinity Sunday, I presume hence the Well name. This appears a somewhat curious practice to me.


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Having a quick read of the Trinity Well ref I was also interested to see that the water, according to Jones was sweetened with brown, not white for some reason, sugar when drunk from the Well on Trinity Sunday, I presume hence the Well name. This appears a somewhat curious practice to me.


Going from memory, wasn't there a tradition, possibly Oxfordshire, where water from holy wells was mixed with liquorice [called Spanish Water ?] on certain holy-days, possibly Eastertide ?

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Hi Wearwolf. Yeah I think your quite right. There are a few Wells if memory serves me correctly where the water was mixed with liquorice. Cant recall most of them, but I certainly know liquorice was used with water from Lady Well in Wilcote in Oxfordshire on Palm Sunday. the Spanish Water name is interesting, and I dont think I have ever heard it used before.


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I've tracked down the info re. Spanish Water, but as there's rather a lot of it, I've posted it on the Well Customs page, subject heading: Spanish Sunday / Spanish Water

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Absolutely fascinating. I have learnt a lot there. That perhaps explains the use of brown sugar at Trinity Well. See wearwolfs fascinating post in Well customs: http://nwi.skyphos.co.uk/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=213

I also note the use of sugar in a Well called the Sunday Well on the first Sunday after Trinity in the Forden area, and this seems to be a comparatively common event in the immediate areas Wells so far as i can tell.


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