Apparently it is still used for baptisms, or was in 2002 when the board was erected. St Govor's Well, Kensington. Normally a pleasant walk from the park to the holy well. 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Its form is the larger section of a circle; the bottom is paved with smooth stones; and the sides are walled with the same, a little higher than the water stands, which is about two feet deep. Apparently this water held iron, the same as the water of the neighbouring Bisley Holy Well. Edmund and Fremund by John Lydgate, 1434 tells how. (http://www.chobham.info/wells.htm) I was looking for these wells; “The springs or wells at Westerley Green still exist on the common below the house called One Tree Hill, the most northerly one being used by the inhabitants of Sparrow Row for drinking, although not for washing because of the iron in the water.”. The Holy Well has been in existence for over one thousand years. By an old tradition, this meant that the path remained a public right of way for 100 years, and it now forms part of the Holy Well Walk. 'The Holy Well' is a Scheduled Monument in Southam, Warwickshire, England. The course of a stream is followed on the way to a Holy Well just outside Southam. Obviously, you will need to be physically fit and used to walking this distance. By 1701 a record notes that the Rector was exempted from keeping the well and fencing in repair: “one footway of the breadth of three feet leading from a certain stile at the bottom of an ancient enclosed ground called Bury  Orchard towards Ufton by the Brook to the said well called Holy Well.”. It is a basin on the declivity of a rising ground. Local remedies also recall how to make a tincture with the well water for eyes. 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It is… perpetually overflowing, without much variation from the seasons. Image: Holy Well (Southam) submitted by HOLYWELL Holy Well or Sacred Spring in Warwickshire Located along a footpath not far from the church is this surprising site. Useful info from Southam’s sling gurus... And a reminder we have a sling walk on Wednesday at 10am around Newbold Comyn open for families with babies -... Jump to. As previously announced, we have organised a walk around Southam, known as the Holy Well Walk - it is about an hour in length. One of the possible reasons for the site being a holy well is that it was associated with the Mercian saint Fremund. In the nineteenth century, an eye and ear infirmary was built in Southam to make use of these waters. The crowd were amazed at this miracle and followed in his tracks, praising God. I did cover that well some time back…https://insearchofholywellsandhealingsprings.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/a-well-for-june-st-john-the-baptists-well-bisley/. I was interested to read that the water there is full of iron, and was considered good for eyes. Yet by 1991 it was dry again, possibly as the result of quarrying and work on a by-pass. Cissie, Eva and Dorothy Cardall (L to R). These include the following; Soft Landscaping Specification ( Log Out /  This would go against the view that the Southam well is the same. You can then walk on further to the weir and on to Stoneythorp Estate / Polo Club.… Perhaps the most ancient holy well in the country is also one of the most delightful with presently presumed 18th century and medieval features it is certainly a remarkable survival – even more remarkable since its’ splendid restoration. It has fragments … Secret Shrines: A Tale of Reincarnation…. Hello! Sections of this page. Ideally set on the outskirts of Southam town centre it’s surrounded by the Warwickshire countryside, with a lovely one-hour circular walk on the doorstep – the Holy Well Trail, taking in a Grade 2 listed ancient well, the Stoneythorpe Estate and Dallas Burston Polo Club grounds. ), Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland. Anne. At its foot is a flagged path along the curved margin of the semicircular well. Certainly when Richardson (1928) found it as: “a semicircular recess in the bank. Quite short but worth a look of the weathers nice and you are into that sort of thing. Impounding the water in the well… is low two buttressed stonework. It is an historical fact that St Fremund died in this area. He washed his bloody body, head and hands in the well, turned to the east – and died! But today I went in happy spirit. Over the next 800 years there then appear to be regular references to the well. It was formerly nearly encompassed with another wall, and upon a stone, at the mouth of the well, the words Utere, sed non abutere were inscribed.”. For a spring welled up at this very spot, flowing in an unfailing stream and proving the merits of this famous martyr before all the world. Southam’s Holy Well is a delight but unfortunately its environs is being steadily encroached by housing development. The ancient structure is thought to be mentioned in historical records going all of the way back to 998 and it is only a short walk from the town centre. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. What is their origin? “it is hereby further enacted and declared, That the said Well, called Holy Well, in the said Open Fields of Southam aforesaid, shall not be allotted to any of the said Proprietors, but shall be inclosed round with Posts and Rails, Three Yards at least distant from the Stone-work of the said Well, by, and at, the Expence of all the said Proprietors, and shall be kept for the Benefit of all the Inhabitants of the Parish of Southam … However, it seems odd to have incorporated them and it may have been an attempt to produce a folly for a local lord. Two flights of steps– that on the left with three steps, that on the right with four – lead down to a “trough” below the stonework”. In 1925 the water was diverted into a reservoir and the provision of mains water artesian wells in the 1930s took their toll on the flow, an article in a local newspaper noting that: “the Holy Well itself a few yards away has been partly emptied, and no water now flows into its basin in dry weather.”. So no proof either way! The information board by the well says that a document about the Pyrford Charter Bounds of 956 AD suggests that the nearby parish church was built to be near this well, which was ancient before they even got the church foundations in. It is now proposed to restore by a public subscription, this beautiful relic of antiquity, and a considerable sum has already been promised.”. After his death, a great battle ensued at Radford Semele against the invading Vikings  in which Fremund was completely victorious. Holy Well Walk. As the Holy Well is an Ancient Monument all work must be carefully considered and can only be carried out with the authorisation of English Heritage. Very interested in the bottles, have you read James Rattue’s book on Surrey Holy wells. Booking essential for track and trace purposes and as we cannot exceed 15 adults in a group. If you require travelling to Southam in a luxurious range of vehicles, A Class Coach Hire are the leading experts to provide that for you. Gravel path to it. Used for over 1,000 years, the waters are very cold and were thought to be beneficial for eye complaints. Secret Shrines: A Ghostly Sort of Place…. ( Log Out /  The well is still there by the way – on a pleasant walk. Can always go blackberry or sloe picking en route if in season. “there sprong up a welle/ With crystal watrys the stremys gan up welle;/ And wessh away the blood that was so red,/ Which doun disttillyd from his hooly hed”. the Holy Well Walk - it is about an hour in length. A low retaining wall – recently renovated – prevents the bank from slipping down into it. Holy Well, Southam. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. By Anne Langley (27/07/2020) Add a comment about this page. Walking | Ufton - Southam - Harbury - Ufton | From Ufton the route heads towards extensive woodland, then on to the Stoney Thorpe Estate, the home of a large polo ground. This may explain why they look more worn than would be expected if was last constructed in that century. Its earlier history is not clear, some asserting  that it was the source from which Stoney Thorpe was supplied with water when used as a Priory ……it is a large semi-circular well about five feet deep embanked with massive stone masonry, and is supplied by a powerful spring of the Purest Water. ( Log Out /  Nice walk from centre of Southam town past the recreational grounds through the new housing estate into beautiful open countryside following the river along a crush stone walkway to the Holy Well. Holy Well Southam Warwickshire. 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A delightful site and a holy well must. There are approximately 12 miles (20 kilometres) of public footpaths within the Long Itchington Parish boundary. The route actually passes playing-fields where there could well be matches taking place. These are recorded on a map (the ‘Definitive Map’) that is kept by Warwickshire County Council.. All public footpaths in the area are marked on the … As previously announced, we have organised a walk around Southam, known as However in a Feet of Fines there is a notice in 1206 of a: “half acre land at Hallewellcul to the north”. For when his corpse stood up, picking up his head and walking away; he stopped somewhere between Harbury and Whitton, possibly Whitnash and there a miraculous well sprung up at his feet, in the water of which he washed his head then lay down and died. Good job as it was very hot. Kings Head. 1 Three quarters of a mile from Southam, in the direction of Thorpe, is a Holy Well with the remains of what must have been rather important architectural surroundings. This restoration is described by Freton (1890) in his The Warwickshire Feldon: a sketch of its hills and valleys, waters, famous trees, and other physical features in the Proceedings of Warwickshire Naturalists’ & Archaeologists’ Field Club, states that around 40 years ago: “I and a few enthusiastic friends undertook to clear out this old well, in the hopes that it might lead to its ultimate restoration. 8 Comments. The water rises in a shallow semicircular tank about 15 or 20 cm in diameter. However as Fremund knelt in prayer of thanksgiving one of his own men envious of his success struck off his head. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Talking two walks in Southam in South Warwickshire. See why it was listed, view it on a map, see visitor comments and photos and share your own comments and photos of this building. Bookmark the permalink. It's a nice area for walking with two rivers, woodland areas, nature reserves and the Grand Union Canal running just to the north. The stonework is much mutilated, the water flowing over the two broken and worn ends; but the central portion is higher and has three faces sculptured on it from orifices below which the water spouts out. DIPPING WELLS: Wiltshire Healing Wells and the Strange Case of Purton Spa: What do the healing wells cure? He drank of its waters, he washed his wounds, he gave honour to that God in whom all live and have their being. A healing well which became a holy well by a local landowner! By 2005 the water supply was relocated and it could be restored, a Holy Well community was established an Heritage Lottery Fund money of  £102,500 was successfully obtained. The first description of the site is Carlisle (1812)  ‘Observations on the positions of the alien cell of Begare, and of Halywell upon Watling Street’ who describes: “a well of very fine clear water, called Holywell, or Halywell, which has always been reputed salubrious. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This walk takes you around the Holy Well and along the paths of ancient history. Re the well at Valley End – I asked a lady in her 80s who has always lived in the area if she knew anything about the water in the well being good for eyes, but she hadn’t heard of it. Granted - 31.10.2016 REPRESENTATIONS Applicant’s Supporting Documents The planning application has been supported by detailed documentation and assessments. Restaurants near Holy Well Walk, Southam on Tripadvisor: Find traveler reviews and candid photos of dining near Holy Well Walk in Southam, United Kingdom. (If you are a Rotarian, please name your club. The first mention of the well is apparently 998, when it is mentioned in a charter to Leofwine by King Ethelred the Unready as a consequence as the term holy well per se derives from Old English halig this is probably the oldest recorded. Park in Wood Street, car park. from text in Pinchbeck Register 1925) repeats the story from Burghard, detailing how ‘No sooner had he wished for water than a spring appeared/ Purer than dew, clearer than crystal, finer/ Than gold, and scattering silver sands’. This walk takes us to the Oxford Canal at Napton and from here, along the towpath before turning off to Stockton. Just found your site, shall be very interested to read more. However it was apparently in decline by the 1850s as an article written on the 6th October 1855 in the Warwickshire Advertiser describes: “on the foot road from Southam to Stoney-Thorpe, the residence of  H T Chamberlain Esq., is an Ancient Well called ‘Holy Well’ now in a dilapidated condition; but even in its present state, the massive stone work, with curious and not very elegant carved head shews it to have been at one time an object of interest. DIPPING WELLS: St Aldhelm’s well, Doulting, Somerset, DIPPING WELLS: The Ancient Springs of the Valley of the Sandbrook: a vignette, Eighteenth century view looking across the River Avon, DIPPING WELLS: The Holy Well, or St Cloud’s Well, at Longthorpe Park near Peterborough, An early illustration showing the well as part of a landscaped estate and suggesting it may have been a folly, The entrance to the grotto part of the well and the bath, Dipping Wells: The Wishing Well and rock Hermitage at High Hurstwood, The site of the Hermit’s Well at the end of the garden, DIPPING WELLS: Wells and Springs around Trellech. Through the 1990s restoration was planned but due to various reasons it was never attempted until the early 2000s. When William Chamberlayne died in 1906 his coffin was carried from the Hall to Southam church along footpaths where the stiles were removed to let it through. Southam is a market town in south Warwickshire, within Stratford-on-Avon district. He was buried at the royal mansion at Offchurch (Offa’s Church?). Cancelled until further noticeStart time: 2.00pmLocation: Southam Leisure CentreThis walk takes you through the town and out to local parks and historical attractions such as the Merestone, the Holy Well, and along parts of the Heritage Trail.Walkers occasionally stop at a local cafe for refreshments after the walk.Please see our scheme page for our contact details, and more Tradition says it formally had a stone seat placed round it; was furnished with drinking vessels, and covered by an Arched Stone Roof; thus affording refreshment to the Traveller, and a pleasant resort to the health seeker. Hi. I will have to ask around! I’ll copy this comment on to that post as well, you may be correct about the date. The most curious facet of the well are the well worn, and hence presumably ancient carved heads. You can cut back to the welsh road and go back to the park in a circular walk or you could make it longer and head to the polo grounds. I lived in another village two miles away... have many great memories frm my teenage yrs.... See more ideas about great memories, england, village. Then turning his head to the east, he sank dead to the ground”. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. By 1981, Brian Townsend noted in Southam Through the Centuries III notes it was little more than a trickle but a year after clearing out and restoration by the Community Enterprise Programme restored the flow through the heads. The Life and Death of the Most Holy Fremund, King and Martyr by Burghard, 12th century (tr. We're allowed to continue to offer new parent support in ti... er 4 and our volunteers are running the following FREE* walks open to any parent in the area**. He prayed to God for a little water to wash his head and body, and what he sought, he gained. Required fields are marked * Your comment: Name * Email * Website. Southam Walk 7 miles (12 km) The Warwickshire market town of Southam is located in the Stratford-on-Avon district of the county. The stonework around the well has been restored and the footpath improved, making access easy. A walk around Southam, known as the Holy Well Walk - it is about an hour in length. DIPPING WELLS: IS There a Healing Well in Liberton? I certainly favour the later and they were probably gargoyles and incorporated in the fabric in the 18th century. It lies at a lower level than the Town, otherwise it might without much expense, be made most valuable for domestic and sanitary purposes. Wells Holi How To Become Healing Handmade Animals Hand Made Animales Animaux. by a meal at the Kings Head in Napton-on-the-Hill. Southam Holy Well Walk – This circular walk takes you through the picturesque Stowe Valley to the Holy Well, then continues over the river, through the Stoneythorpe estate along ancient paths and … “it is hereby further enacted and declared, That the said Well, called Holy Well, in the said Open Fields of Southam aforesaid, shall not be allotted to any of the said Proprietors, but shall be inclosed round with Posts and Rails, Three Yards at least distant from the Stone-work of the said Well, by, and at, the Expence of all the said Proprietors, and shall be kept for the Benefit of all the Inhabitants of the Parish of … Just follow the red route on the map opposite; you will find the red markers placed on key posts to help you along the way. choice from the menu by the 7 August please. I have tried to trace the site of wells on the hill in Valley End, a small place a few miles away from Bisley. The place I find absolute peace and solitude with the divine. 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