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 Post subject: CHAD WELL, Twyning, Gloucestershire
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:41 pm 
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This well, presumably fed by a spring, is located on the bank of the River Avon near Twyning, Glos. It has a circular stone rim of about 2ft diameter set into the ground, and is about a foot deep.

When first visited however, in May 1986, all that was to be seen was a muddy pool...

http://archive.nationalwellsindex.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-69
You can see it's proximity to the river. This is land that floods just about every winter, no doubt depositing silt and mud into the well. I imagine it would be necessery to give it a good clean out every year, and if that doesn't happen...well, you can see the result.

When next visited, a year later, I was very much suprised to find that someone had actually cleared up the site, allowing the original structure to be seen once more...

http://archive.nationalwellsindex.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-70
The well was said to have been blessed by St. Chad, and it's waters had a reputation for being very cold, pure and good for the eyes and skin disorders, including leprosy.

There are rumours that there was a 9th century monastry near the spot.

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Very nice there are a few of these circualr wells around. As luck would have it, I have just finished suggesting these wells be classified as cylinder Wells http://nwi.skyphos.co.uk/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=28 in which thread you will also more Wearwolfs excellent pictures.

You might think they work by soaking up groundwater, but when I was last in Tissington I noticed Childrens Well was being fed by a water source from the top of the niche it was set into, which was nicely soaking my feet. All interesting stuff.

Now I come to think about it the leprosy link is interesting too, not just with Bath, but I think one of the Wells associated with the Black Prince was also said to cure leprosy. Still its an unusual association so far as I can recall.


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