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    HALLOWN WELL or SAINTS WELL

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    Sunbright57

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    HALLOWN WELL or SAINTS WELL

    Post  Sunbright57 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:09 pm

    OS grid reference SD.932407.Hallown Well or Saint's Well is located beside a small fisheries lake in the grounds of what was Emmott Hall about half a mile east of Laneshawbridge. You can reach the well from the Stanbury road by going along a driveway next to the stone gates of what was the former entrance to Emmott Hall. After the house/office of the Hallown Fishing estate go northwards along a track, keeping right and through a few gates. The well is situated at the north-western edge of the lake, and has a fence surrounding it. Please be aware that the well is on private land but, if you press the bell and ask at the second window of the fisheries building permission will be given for access.

    A square stone structure, probably a baptismal pool, with dressed stonework measuring 18 feet long by 16 feet wide and 10 feet deep with 14 steps descending into the well. Sadly, the structure is not in such a good state - some of the stonework at the well bottom has been disturbed and the site is becoming overgrown. At one time the water was said to be crystal clear, but that's now doubtful, and it possessed healing qualities. It was frequented in the Middle Ages by pilgrims travelling between Whalley Abbey and Combe Hill Cross in Yorkshire. Pebbles and pins were thrown into the well and later, coins were thrown in and a wish was made. The water apparently never froze-over in Winter and never dried-up in Summer, even in the driest of Summers. The well can sometimes be almost full to the top, but during the dry Summer months it tends to be just a few steps up from the bottom, but beware the water is very cold.

    The name Hallown could be derived from Hallown E'en or Hallowmass - the festival of All Saints on November 1st. According to local legend, baptisms were taking place here as far back as AD 835. Another well called Winking Well stands a short distance away to the west but nothing much can be seen today. A 7 foot high medieval cross-shaft used to stand close to the Hallown Well, but this was erected in Colne churchyard in the 1960s when Emmott Hall was being pulled down

    References:
    Taylor, Henry; The Ancient Crosses and Holy Wells of Lancashire, Sherratt & Hughes: Manchester 1906.


    Another view of Hallown Well from another angle.



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    Paulus

    Join date : 2009-08-20
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    Re: HALLOWN WELL or SAINTS WELL

    Post  Paulus on Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:38 am

    Nice one Ray! Keep 'em coming! This site's in Clifford Byrne's fascinating collection of unpublished papers, which needs adding to the TNA gazetteer. Have you any photos of this site? If so, we can do the site profile & stick it on the website.

    Cheers - Paul Smile
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    Sunbright57

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    Re Hallown Well or Saints Well

    Post  Sunbright57 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:41 am

    Hello Paul, unfortunately I don't have a photo of the well as the site is on private land and its doubtful whether anyone could go there without specific permission. There might be a website somewhere that might have a few photos so you could put a link on the site page. I do have a couple of photos of the Emmott Cross which now stands in the parish church yard in Colne. I could do something with regard to that, if you wish.

    It seems that quite a few people have a copy of my book about Celtic saints in Wales and the West, never surprises me when someone says "I have got a copy of your book". But its very nice to know. Its probably quite rare now. Cheers, Ray. study
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    Re: HALLOWN WELL or SAINTS WELL

    Post  Paulus on Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:20 am

    Sunbright57 wrote:Hello Paul, unfortunately I don't have a photo of the well as the site is on private land and its doubtful whether anyone could go there without specific permission.

    Hmmmm...private land ey? Not sure I've heard of that before! Rolling Eyes I remember visiting this site many years back with Graeme Chappell (who I aint heard owt from in ages), and I think Edna Whelan may have been with us (not 100% sure on that though) and we walked all the way up to the site without a problem. We'll have to stick it on our agenda when we get back from the mountains and have a look at it.

    Sunbright57 wrote:...I do have a couple of photos of the Emmott Cross which now stands in the parish church yard in Colne. I could do something with regard to that, if you wish.

    That's be good Ray! I won't be able to do wot until we get back from Killin though (March 1st).

    All the best - Paul
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    Sunbright57

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    Post  Sunbright57 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:41 am

    You can probably risk going up there through those great big gates. If the farmer's about you need to ask permission though, otherwise you might be ok. I can't get there because I don't have transport. Ray. study
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    Hallown Well or Saints Well

    Post  Sunbright57 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:53 am

    Found this link. http://www.bazzasoft.net/ Scroll down until you see Hallown Well Summer 99 then click on.
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    Paulus

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    Re: HALLOWN WELL or SAINTS WELL

    Post  Paulus on Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:06 am

    Sunbright57 wrote:You can probably risk going up there through those great big gates. If the farmer's about you need to ask permission though, otherwise you might be ok.

    Yeahhh....I will do. It's when they say "No!" that the fun usually starts! That's very rare though...

    Sunbright57 wrote:I can't get there because I don't have transport.

    We're in the same boat Ray. If it weren't for Dave and Paul, we'd be screwed for getting about as much, but thankfully they're both healthily mad and like ambling over moors and open countryside in search of old stones & stuff! It doesn't help me being a spazmo & having epilepsy for 30yrs - so I can't get a driving license anyway. Such is life...

    Cheers - Paul Wink
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    Sunbright57

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    Hallown Well or Saints Well

    Post  Sunbright57 on Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:23 am

    Paul, don't put yourself down so much, you can't help it that youv'e got an illness. I have had ill health all my life too, although not as bad as what your illness is, so look on the bright side - you are alive and breathing. Also, you are on this excellent website where you have lots of good people who care about you. All the best, chin up. Ray. study

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