The Lady's Well
The Lady's Well
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John M
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is an amazing and tranquil oasis just a short walk from the village of Holystone.
My top is to park in the village by the bench and have a wander down to the church , inside there are jams and marmalade for sale and you can see how the local people have done an archaeological dig and actually found the site of the priory Also there is local honey at the old farm in the village and a bench dedicated to an old character , Jack Redhead, .Ask the locals about him, everyone is so friendly , You can also see the old Salmon Inn which is a beautiful old drovers Inn and still has the sign over the door.

Written 7 October 2023
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Thomas H
Oban, UK90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This is a very calming and relaxing place with a lovely atmosphere around. Really enjoyable and interesting History behind the well. Would recommend for a little afternoon out, however when we went there were a few cows in the field which led to the gate for the Lady’s Well, which meant one of us had to stay behind with the dogs.
Written 14 June 2023
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Carol B
Birmingham, UK6,915 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Saturday 18th June 2022, My husband and I decided to go to visit The Ladies Well at Holystone.

Holystone is a small village by the River Coquet deep in the Northumberland countryside. The Romans built a road past this remote location, leading from Bremenium (modern Rochester) in Redesdale to the River Aln and then on to the Northumberland coast.

Beside the Roman road was an ancient pre-Christian pagan spring dedicated to the water spirits. Later a precious source of water for the Romans and used as a shrine for other travellers along the road.

The Romans transformed this natural spring and built a low stone retaining wall around the spring's outflow to create a large, rectangular pool of clear water. The basin enclosed by the stones measures about 42 x 25 feet. The basin is oriented on a south-west to north-east axis, the same orientation as the Roman road.

The spring that feeds the well produces 560 gallons of water every minute. The water is filtered through a bed of fine sand to produce sparkling clear water.

There is a tale of two saints, the first being the 5th-century Celtic missionary St Ninian who is said to have preached here and baptised his converts to Christianity in the waters of the well pool. St Ninian was the Bishop of Whithorn in modern Dumfries and Galloway, and visited Northumbria in an attempt to spread Christianity.

The second being St Paulinus, who had such a profound impact in Northumberland, legend has it that he is said to have baptised over 3000
Northumbrians in Lady's Well during Easter week in AD 627.

Legend has it that St Paulinus knelt on a flat stone now known as the Holy Stone, located at the east end of the pool. It is this Holy Stone that gives the village its name.

St Paulinus of York was a 7th-century Roman monk sent by Pope Gregory I to the Kingdom of Kent in south-east England. His mission was to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. He served in Kent until AD 625, when he accompanied AEthelburg, the sister of King Eadbald of Kent, to Northumbria for her marriage to King Edwin.

Once in Northumbria, St Paulinus managed to convert the king and his leading nobles to Christianity and began to spread his mission throughout Northumbrian territory. He was named the first Archbishop of York and died in AD 644.

Sometime between 1107 and 1124 an Augustinian priory of canonesses dedicated to the Virgin Mary was founded at Holystone, at the opposite end of the village from the holy well. The nunnery was probably founded by Odinel de Umfraville I, lord of Redesdale. The nuns gained ownership of the holy well, and the nunnery's dedication to the Virgin Mary gave the holy well its most common name 'Lady's Well'.

The priory was always a fairly poor monastic house, supporting only 6-8 canonesses, and was suppressed by Henry VIII during the Reformation. The monastic buildings were pulled down in 1541 to provide stone for building Harbottle Castle, but were uncovered by a volunteer team of local people digging near the site of the parish church in 2015.

The veneration of holy wells was discouraged during the Reformation, but that did not stop the Lady's Well from continuing as a destination for pilgrims. The tradition of pilgrimage continues up to the present day and there are two Eucharist services held here every year.

Aside from its spiritual significance, the Lady's Well has a very practical purpose; the well is used to supply water to Holystone village.

I found inspiration whilst I was here and wrote a poem called ‘The Lady’s Well’.

There is a spiritual air about this place and it is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written 7 July 2022
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Sherpa66650318085
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
Would have given 5 stars but it would not let me.
Hugely atmospheric place.
The old Roman road ran just by the top of the pool so it was probably an important watering place back then too. Amazing peaceful atmosphere, nothing specifically Christian about this sacred grove!
Written 15 February 2022
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Gustaf_9
Leicester, UK109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Just a short drive from Harbottle or Rothbury, takes you to this beautifully, peaceful spot. A definite "atmosphere" can almost be felt when there's nobody else around and the silence, apart from from tricking water, is wonderful.
On the way back be sure to stop and see the Alpacas next to the River Coquet bridge!
Written 25 August 2021
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profjoypc
Alnwick, UK4,518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
What a serene and 'magical' place. The tranquil well is sited in a remote rural location and is well worth visiting. The water is clear and pure and the whole place is steeped in ancient history. There is also a really interesting statue on the site that was transported from Alnwick. One can park a five minute walk from the well site and there are lovely woodland walks too in the vicinity.
Written 4 December 2020
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Clanmother1961
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
A beautiful atmospheric place, ancient history, and water so pure from the spring that it supplies the village!
Written 22 November 2019
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richard r
Borgue, UK252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
A spring fed pool with stone cross in the middle, surrounded by ancient trees. This site has been in use since the Romans built a road nearby, and retains a quiet magical feel - very calm. Only 5 mins walk from the centre of the village - no formal parking. Good walking in the woods with car park just a few more minutes up the road.
Written 23 June 2019
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Paul the gardener
Margate, UK123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Right of the beaten track is this ancient monument site, at the edge of Northumberland's national park. Surrounded by trees and farmland is this tranquil pool. Such a quiet thought provoking place. My wife and I was here for over an hour and didn't see a soul, just the sound of birdsong to accompany you. So restful and peaceful.
Written 23 June 2019
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Stella W
Leicester, England, United Kingdom9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Such a lovely peaceful and powerful place. I have written to the National Trust to complain about their signage which is intrusive, but other than that I can highly recommend a visit here. Whatever your own particular beliefs are, this is a magical place.
Written 3 June 2019
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