Holy Wells & spas

Bunkers, shelters and other buildings
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Postby Steve Jones » Wed 23 Jan, 2008 3:30 pm

I know we already have a thread on lost fountains, but I am interested in which old Holy Wells/Spa wells (or "spaw" as sometimes spelt locally) are still around. I did a bit of a survey in the 1990'sbut haven't looked lately. Gipton Wod used to still have the remains of a spa well . Too scary looking round there though!
Adel woods had a couple of wells including one with a carved head called "The Slavering/Slabbering baby well"!
The Sugar Well at Meanwood was still around in the 1990's.
anyone know of any left?
There used to be loads in Leeds in     past centuries. Quarry Hill had a famous one and the jobcentre opposite is built near an old Lady Well.
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Postby Steve Jones » Wed 23 Jan, 2008 3:33 pm

Help I put this in the wrong area!
could it be switched across to the same as fountains, moderators?
pretty please<G>?
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Postby rikj » Wed 23 Jan, 2008 4:18 pm

This is the Slabbering Baby Well as of '07. Water flow seemed very diminished, but we did taste it.

Interesting talking of springs with these last few days of heavy rain. Old springs having been "springing up" everywhere.

I guess you have come across what seems to be the most comprehensive list of these;

"Taking the Waters in Old Leeds", a great read!
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Postby Steve Jones » Wed 23 Jan, 2008 4:42 pm

I am not sure about the"Taking the waters" I have a list in an old Thoresby Society publiction from the 1970's but can't remember the name is this what you meant?
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Postby oldleedsman » Wed 23 Jan, 2008 4:52 pm

There's some info on the Revolution Well in Stonegate Road on this thread:
http://www.secretleeds.com/forum/Messages.aspx?ThreadID=485
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Postby Steve Jones » Wed 23 Jan, 2008 4:55 pm

i know about the revolution Well but thanks. It is at the bottom of the road where a friend of mine lives acually. There are some good photos on the Leodis site showing it in its original position before being moved.Interesting area around Stonegate Rd. There is the post in the field near there commemorating the Oates family and a very intersting tump in the school grounds alleged to be a civil war burial but to my eye looking very like a tumulus!
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Postby rikj » Wed 23 Jan, 2008 8:22 pm

"Taking the Waters in Old Leeds" online here;

http://www.northernearth.co.uk/61leeds.htm

Thoresby Society is down as one of the references so you may have seen these before.

Hope it helps.
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Postby oldleedsman » Thu 24 Jan, 2008 1:16 am

Steve Jones wrote:
i know about the revolution Well but thanks. It is at the bottom of the road where a friend of mine lives acually. There are some good photos on the Leodis site showing it in its original position before being moved.Interesting area around Stonegate Rd. There is the post in the field near there commemorating the Oates family and a very intersting tump in the school grounds alleged to be a civil war burial but to my eye looking very like a tumulus!


I used to live about 400 yards from the Revolution Well, so know the area well. As well as the sites you mentioned, there used to be a well underneath where King Alfred's Castle was. It's now underneath housing I think.
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Postby Steve Jones » Thu 24 Jan, 2008 7:44 pm

i intend trying to find out what became of the well near King Alfreds Castle. i have actually been up on the hill looking for remains of the old folly. Myself and friends noted the tummbled remains of what appeared to possibly have been a wellhouse before finding the picture posted above. however it is not in the same position as where we saw the pile of stones. I have looked at the 1891 map for a rough idea but haven't had time to go and look again at the hill.
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Postby LS1 » Fri 25 Jan, 2008 8:56 am

Mate I've lived there for 20+ years ( not on the hill but close by) and never found it. Its buried under the earth now I presume.

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