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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...
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...
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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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:38 pm 
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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 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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