History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Clerk's Well and Chamber/Enclosure in Basement of Number 16

A Grade I Listed Building in Clerkenwell, London

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 51.5228 / 51°31'22"N

Longitude: -0.1066 / 0°6'23"W

OS Eastings: 531452

OS Northings: 182134

OS Grid: TQ314821

Mapcode National: GBR N8.68

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.3ZHG

Plus Code: 9C3XGVFV+48

Entry Name: Clerk's Well and Chamber/Enclosure in Basement of Number 16

Listing Date: 29 December 1950

Last Amended: 30 September 1994

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1298055

English Heritage Legacy ID: 368888

Location: Clerkenwell, Islington, London, EC1R

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Clerkenwell

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St James Clerkenwell

Church of England Diocese: London

Tagged with: Architectural structure

Find accommodation in



635-1/73/388 (East side)
29/12/50 No.16
Clerk's Well and chamber/enclosure
in basement of No. 16
(Formerly Listed as:
(East side)
'Clerk's Well' and enclosure in
basement of no. 16)


Well and chamber/enclosure with pump spout, located in left
side of basement of No. 16 Farringdon Lane. c.1174, altered;
pump spout, 1800. Brick and stone, with C20 cement steyning
and low stone curb. Circular well situated in a rectangular
enclosure of medieval ashlar repaired with C16 and C17
plumby-red brick work set in English bond. Paved stone floor.
The north-east and northwest sides survive; the north-east
wall probably formed part of the precinct wall of St. Mary's
Priory. Well protected by wooden batten cover with strap
hinges (date unknown). Set in wall above is iron plate with
brief account of the well, and pump spout projecting from it.
History: the well is mentioned by Fitzstephen (1174) and is
described by Stow as 'curbed about square with hard stone'
immediately west of the churchyard wall of Clerkenwell Church.
The church and district took the name of the well, and the
well took the name of the parish clerks who annually presented
Passion plays there during the medieval period. The spring was
provided with a pump in 1800. The plate is preserved in the
well chamber. The well was closed in 1857 and rediscovered in
1924. It is now in the charge of Islington Borough Council.

Listing NGR: TQ3145282134

External Links

External links are from the relevant listing authority and, where applicable, Wikidata. Wikidata IDs may be related buildings as well as this specific building. If you want to add or update a link, you will need to do so by editing the Wikidata entry.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.