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Holy Well, Stevington


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Below the boundary wall of St. Mary's Church at Stevington is a spring or holy well. It is arched over, and built into the churchyard wall. The church stands on rising ground, formed from alternating beds of limestone and clay. The clay holds up the water percolating through the limestone forming the spring. The spring waters are said never to dry up or freeze. It is thought the well was originally a pagan shrine and later became a place of Christian pilgrimage. In the Middle Ages it was thought to have healing properties . A little south of the church was once a large and ancient manor house, which served as a hospitium for the invalids and pilgrims frequenting the Holy Well.

4th Dec 2005 by Diane Earl

History, Religious Education

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