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Holy Well of St John About 125 Metres South East of the Church of St Morwenna

A Grade II Listed Building in Morwenstow, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.9092 / 50°54'33"N

Longitude: -4.5525 / 4°33'8"W

OS Eastings: 220648

OS Northings: 115294

OS Grid: SS206152

Mapcode National: GBR K2.R0JL

Mapcode Global: FRA 16CP.S9B

Entry Name: Holy Well of St John About 125 Metres South East of the Church of St Morwenna

Listing Date: 9 September 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1141781

English Heritage Legacy ID: 64917

Location: Morwenstow, Cornwall, EX23

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Morwenstow

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Morwenstow

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text


1/112 Holy well of St John about 125
- metres south east of the Church
of St Morwenna
- II

Well house. Medieval origins. Dressed coursed stone with timber door.
Rectangular well house with steeply gabled roof with flat ridge. Rectangular
entrance in a gable end has stone lintel and jambs with C19 timber door with strap
hinges. Granite capping and small granite cross set on top. Interior not
inspected. The well is documented as early as 1296 and was the subject of a
lawsuit between Sir John Yarde Buller and the Reverend R S Hawker (q.v. church and
vicarage), poet, antiquary and vicar of Morwenstow from 1835-1874, in 1843. Both
parties claimed ownership of the well, Hawker won the case. The well is
illustrated in the Hawker memorial window in the church, with Hawker and his dog
standing beside it. E W F Tomlin, The Church of St Morwenna and St John the
Baptist, Morwenstow, Cornwall (Bude), 1982, p.12.

Listing NGR: SS2064815294

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