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 Post subject: What are the worlds top 10 Holy Wells
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:09 pm 
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So I was thinking the other day what are the worlds leading, as in most well known or important Holy Wells. Any views? I think Bath is there depending on how you define Holy Wells. Then Lourdes, Harrogate, Holywell? What do you all think?

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St. Ann's Well at Malvern ?

Probably its a fashion thing... I posted in the Arc a photo of St. Catherine's Well, on Bredon Hill, Worcestershire. Once it had its own chapel, associated hamlet and a fair every St. Catherine's Day, which seems to suggest that it was a fairly important place in medieval times {going from memory, I think a dig there in the early 20th century also uncovered Roman items, so possibly it's history goes back a lot further...its also at the foot of a hill fort, with a megalith nearby}.

My point being that now its just a trickle of water coming out of a bank in an isolated field, all its past glories have gone, probably for ever.

Lourdes on the other hand, is a fairly recent phenomenon, and owes a lot to modern communications and travel opportunities. If its heyday had been in the 13th century, would it still be attracting the crowds now ?

Bath has survived the centuries, but the temple to Nodens at Lydney didn't. Maybe it's just down to luck and changing fashions ?

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wearwolf wrote:
St. Ann's Well at Malvern ?


Good catch, i had quite forgotten about this which is a bit silly as this has been recently revived in some water trading capacity [shame on me]. It is interesting how Wells fare over time. Madron Well, Gisland Spa all big sites in their own right have both fallen by the wayside, whilst others march onwards.

Shows Wearwolfs great image of St. Catherine's Well below to illustrate his point.

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