Holy Well: OS Grid Reference – SE 3089 8496
Archaeology & History
Surveyed by the Ordnance Survey lads in 1853 and subsequently published on the first OS-map of the area three years later, very little seems to be known about this Well. Located across the road from the church, local historian H.B. McCall (1910) described this as ‘Saint Lambert’s fountain’, as it was first called, in his fine work on local churches, telling of its early description in the 12th century. He wrote:
“This is a very early mention of St. Lambert, the patron saint of the church and parish (of Burneston). The fountain or well was probably situated in what is now the new portion of the churchyard, and the rivulet is now enclosed as a drain. The name of the wapentake of Halikeld is said to be derived from St. Lambert’s Well at Burneston.”
I can find little else about these old healing waters. Anyone got anymore info?
- McCall, H.B., Richmondshire Churches, Elliott Stock: London 1910.
© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian