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Almanac – March 11

1702 – The Daily Courant, England’s first national daily newspaper was published for the first time, by Edward Mallet from his premises “against the Ditch at Fleet Bridge”.The paper lasted until 1735 when it was merged with the Daily Gazetteer.
 It consisted of a single page with two columns. Mallet advertised that he intended to publish only foreign news and would not add any comments of his own, supposing other people to have “sense enough to make reflections for themselves.”   Ha, ha, ha !

 

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Colvill Fountain, West Jesmond

 

Colvill Fountain, West Jesmond

Situated at the junction of the Great North Road and  Forsyth Road, West Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

  Not working.

The fountain apparently “once rested against the wall of a building” –  no buildings in the vicinity, so was it originally located elsewhere ?  Several years ago there was talk of moving it, presumably to lean against a building again, but so far no action.

The inscription is  incomplete due to weather / human interference…

This fountain was presented to the City of Newcastle by Miss Caroline Sophia Russell Colvill in loving remembrance of her brother, the late Edwin Dodd Colvill who was for upwards (bit missing) years well and honourably known in Newcastle

(the rest is unreadable, although it appears to end with a biblical quotation, from Matthew).

From other sources it appears  it was unveiled  on 22nd August 1889.  All that seems to be known about Edwin Colvill is that he was  a coal fitter.

More photos of this fountain, and others in north-east England can be found at this thread at the Holy Wells & Water Lore Forum – http://holywells.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=78

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St. Mary’s Well, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne

 

A quick visit to St Mary’s Well in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, a couple of days ago saw an interesting development – remains of candles at the well, what was possibly an incense burner and a ribbon tied to an overhanging branch.

The nearby ruins of St Mary’s Chapel are always decorated with candles, fresh flowers, Roman Catholic iconography, etc, but this is the first time I’ve noted evidence of worship at the well.

More photos, the story of this well, etc can be found at the Holy Wells & Water Lore forum –

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Whitburn Drinking Fountain

Drinking fountain (not working) at Whitburn, South Tyneside.

Originally erected to commemorate Victoria, it was renovated in 2012.

 

For more information and photos  regarding this fountain, plus others in North East England, visit this thread –  http://holywells.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=78

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Roker Park Drinking Fountain, Sunderland

Located within Roker Park, Sunderland.
Not working.

 

Its topped by a carving of what I take to be an Eagle – something avian, anyway.

The water flowed from the four heads of some kind of cryptid – sort of looks like a  dog/lion hybrid.

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Ghosts Laid In Water

Conjouring troublesome ghosts into bottles and consigning them to watery graves used to be a common practice. Is it ever done nowadays ?

Here’s an example from the Rev. Elias Owen

Lady Jeffrey’s Spirit.

This lady could not rest in her grave because of her misdeeds, and she troubled people dreadfully; at last she was persuaded or enticed to contract her dimensions, and enter into a bottle.  

She did so, after appearing in a good many hideous forms; but when she got into the bottle, it was corked down securely, and the bottle was cast into the pool  underneath the Short Bridge, Llanidloes, and there the lady was to remain until the ivy that grew up the buttresses should overgrow the sides of the bridge, and reach the parapet.  

The ivy was dangerously near the top of the bridge when the writer was a schoolboy, and often did he and his companions crop off its tendrils as they neared the prescribed limits for we were all terribly afraid to release the dreaded lady out of the bottle.  

In the year 1848, the old bridge was blown up, and a new one built instead of it.  A schoolfellow, whom we called Ben, was playing by the aforesaid pool when the bridge was undergoing reconstruction, and he found by the river’s side a small bottle, and in the bottle was a little black thing, that was never quiet, but it kept bobbing up and down continually, just as if it wanted to get out. 

Ben kept the bottle safely for a while, but ere long he was obliged to throw it into the river, for his relations and neighbours came to the conclusion that that was the very bottle that contained Lady Jeffrey’s Spirit, and they also surmised that the little black restless thing was nothing less than the lady herself.  Ben consequently resigned the bottle and its contents to the pool again, there to undergo a prolonged, but unjust, term of imprisonment.

Source – Welsh  Folk-Lore – A Collection Of The  Folk-Tales And Legends Of North Wales
Being The Prize Essay Of The National  Eisteddfod 1887

Rev. Elias Owen

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Goblins In the Water Trough

Author Ian Johnson, talking about his fictional novel The Witcher Keys,  said that he  began to take an interest in otherworldly entities whilst working on building projects on the North York Moors, where he has worked for the past 14 years.

One day, the father-of-three says he witnessed a fight between two builders on a project he was working on, when one wouldn’t believe the other’s claim that an elf was watching them from a nearby tree.

Then, nine years ago, a curious incident on a building project prompted him to begin researching the subject in more earnest.

He had been working on a large home in a remote location on the moors which became progressively uninhabitable.

People reported feeling nauseaus, headaches and low moods when inside the property and there was a 60 volt static charge on the roof.

Ian said that after tests using sensitive monitoring equipment detected nothing abnormal, he was told by experts in geopathic stress that three ley lines crossing at a single point, directly below the property.

“This was a rare occurrence in itself, but they also uncovered an even more curious and disturbing problem,”  he said.

He was told a horde of small “goblin or imp-like creatures” in trees close by were furious that a spring supplying a drinking trough at their main meeting place had been diverted and were making their displeasure known.

“I would have been sceptical before then if someone had said “there’s goblins over there watching me”,” said Mr Johnson.

“But now I have a totally different view point.”

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