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Old Drinking Fountain Attracts Offerings

The FitzGibbon monument in Lisnagry, Limerick, Republic of Ireland, which seems to incorporate a pump or drinking fountain, has become the focus for numerous offerings.

Toys, religious figurines and candles started appearing  at the foot of the monument in Richill, Lisnagry – on the Limerick side of the Castleconnell roundabout – a number of weeks ago.

Paddy Tuohy, of Castleconnell Historical Society, said the items were first placed in a water trough late last year so they couldn’t be seen from the road.

Toys, figurines, candles, musical instruments, a frame with no photo in it have now overflowed on to the base of the memorial. Mr Tuohy said many people are talking about the mystery in the locality.

“I’ve seen them myself. Nobody knows what the story is. In parts of Ireland there are locations called raggy trees but I don’t know of any in Limerick.

“They are trees over holy wells. Statues, holy picture, rags, cloths, belts, braces, false teeth etc are placed there. I know of one in Roscrea. It seems to me like the beginning of a kind of a raggy tree in Lisnagry,” said Mr Tuohy.

It is believed that those who place items at raggy trees are hoping for a cure. However, he says there is no religious significance attached to the FitzGibbon monument.

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Chad Well, Twyning, Gloucestershire

Chad Well (also St Chad’s Well),   Twyning, Gloucestershire.

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This was the nearest holy well to where I grew up, no more than 5 miles away, yet I never heard of it until a few years after I’d moved away.  I first visited it in May 1986, and what I found was this –

 

The river in the background is the Warwickshire Avon, which will within  a few miles merge with the Severn at Tewkesbury. The small swamp by the fenceposts is the site of the well, which  in the 1920s was  said to have been  ”a circular structure about 2 foot in diameter and a foot deep”.

A year later the swamp had been drained and the original structure uncovered – full story and more photos here – http://holywells.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=89

 

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Flower Of The Well – New Year Custom

A New Year custom –

The first water drawn from any well, pond or stream (and by extension, I suppose, your kitchen tap) on New Year’s morning used to have special significance  and was known as the Flower of the Well or Cream of the Well, and obtaining it meant good luck in the coming year.

If it was  bottled and kept in the house, it was said never to lose its freshness and purity, and its very presence would protect the household from misfortune in the coming year.  Worth trying ? Bottle the first water drawn from your main water source on January 1st and keep it safe.

Full article and subsequent posts (including my own midnight visit to a well back int the 1980s) here – http://holywells.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=81

 

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ZamZam Well – Islamic Holy Well

Venturing a little further from our usual British and Irish Holy Wells…

Zamzam is the name of a famous well in al-Masjid al-Haraam [the Sacred Mosque in Makkah], which is thirty-eight cubits away from the Ka’bah. It is the well from which Allah quenched the thirst of Ismaa’eel the son of Ibraaheem  when he was an infant.

So what is so special about Zamzam water? In a word: Everything! There is nothing ordinary about it. The miracle of how it came to being in the middle of a desert, its consistency throught out 1000s of years, the beneficial qualities it has, the fact that it never dries up. This water is special.

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Galilee Well, Durham City

Uh-oh… here comes another of those County Durham wells with no apparent history despite, in this case, it being built into the wall of Durham Cathedral itself.

 

Peering between the bars of the grill, there is some water down there in the stone-lined chamber, along with leaves and the inevitable debris of  modern human life – sweet wrappers, bits of polystyrene, etc. These will all be of great interest to some archaeologist in a few centuries time, but dont really add much to the contemporary asthetic. The water presumably runs in from the pathway during rain, and/or seeps in from the ground.

 

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Lady Well, Hempsted, Gloucester

 

 

The well house of the Lady Well at Hempstead, Gloucester, is the image adopted as the logo of the Holy Wells & Water Lore forumhttp://holywells.boardhost.com

 

The well house is supposed to have been  built for the Manor of Hempsted in late C14, held by the former Augustinian Priory of Llanthony Secunda, and is supposed to have  been known as Lady Well, Lady’s Well, or Our Lady’s Well since at least the late 18th century.

 One tradition claims that the Virgin Mary, set foot here, and that the spring arose to quench her thirst. On the other hand, an alternative story is that the well was dedicated to Saint Anne, the supposed mother of the Virgin Mary.

 

 

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Holy Wells & Water Lore

 

 

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HOLY WELLS & WATER LORE is a new forum decicated to…. holy wells and water lore – rivers, lakes, pools, etc. Yeah, including the Loch Ness Monster – that’s water lore.

Anyone interested in these subjects welcome to share their knowledge, photos and videos.  Although the site will probably attract more attention from British and Irish holy wells, it’s not limited to them. Anyone, anywhere welcome.

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