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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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Almanac – December 31

New Year’s Eve

1695 – A window tax was imposed in England – a property tax based on the number of windows in a house. It was a significant social, cultural, and architectural force in England, France and Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries. To avoid the tax some houses from the period can be seen to have bricked-up window-spaces (ready to be glazed at a later date), as a result of the tax. It was repealed in 1851.

1960 – The Farthing  ceased to be legal tender in the United Kingdom. Derived from the Anglo-Saxon feorthing, a fourthling or fourth part it  was worth one quarter of a penny.

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