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A category of waymarks which will help record and bring to peoples attention these interesting and historic places. There are Holy wells of one sort or another in many countries of the world.
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Waymarks in this category will include the many religious or sacred wells around the World. A large number of the Christian wells were reputed to have a much earlier sacred significances and were hi-jacked or "sainted" by the early Christian Church. Many of the other world religions also have sacred wells which are still venerated to this day.

Most counties in Britain have Holy wells, some have more than their fair share it would seem. Cornwall, for example, in 1895 had about ninety wells still in existence or remembered by the local inhabitants. There are some fine examples of restored wells in the county such as St Clether's Well and Dupath Well. Ireland has a wealth of Holy wells of Celtic origin. Tobar Nalt, Sligo is known to be a sacred place of the Celts, this grove and its holy well were later taken over by St. Patrick and re-dedicated to Christianity. There are Holy wells in many countries of Europe. The well at Lourdes in SW France is still an important shrine to Catholics. There are also many insignificant wells which are not much more than a hole with water trickling out of the ground. All are welcome in this category provided that there is a definite religious or sacred link.

Many wells around the world have folklore attached to them and the water of some had reputed curative powers.

There are quite a few geocaches placed near holy wells. This bookmark list by "Birdman-of-liskatraz" covers many interesting wells.

Instructions for Posting a Holy Wells Waymark:
The Holy well should have a proven religious or sacred connection. The reviewer must be able to check that the well fits this criterion.
The new waymark must include at least two good quality photograph of the Holy well.
Ordinary village or town wells will not be included.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
A photograph of the well would be appreciated to record your visit, but this is not absolutely mandatory, as long as you can describe your visit.
Do you know any more about the history of this well?. If so please let us know.
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SS60.7 km

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Holy WellsSt Ann's Well - Buxton, Derbyshire

in Holy Wells

The most famed holy and healing well in the county and one which has attracted considerable fame across the county is St. Anne’s Well (SK 058 734)

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/26/2014

last visited: 12/20/2014

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Holy WellsSt. Helen's well, Great Asby, Cumbria

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St. Helen's well is on the village green near the church, in the centre of the village of Great Asby.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flipflopnick

location: North West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/23/2011

last visited: never

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SS154.5 km

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Holy WellsSt Catherine's Well - Coventry, UK

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St Catherine's Well is a charming little fourteenth century sandstone chapel.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Superted

location: United Kingdom

date approved: 8/16/2008

last visited: 9/2/2013

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