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Latitude: 51.089 / 51°5'20"N
Longitude: -4.0626 / 4°3'45"W
OS Eastings: 255644
OS Northings: 134211
OS Grid: SS556342
Mapcode National: GBR KQ.CQN8
Mapcode Global: FRA 26C7.R2Z
Plus Code: 9C3Q3WQP+JX
Entry Name: Lady Well
Listing Date: 29 September 1999
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1385317
English Heritage Legacy ID: 485779
Location: Barnstaple, North Devon, Devon, EX31
Civil Parish: Barnstaple
Built-Up Area: Barnstaple
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Pilton with Ashford
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS5534SE ST MARY'S CHURCHYARD, Pilton
684-1/2/323 (North side)
Holy well. Probably medieval, but the superstructure looks no
older than C17; restored 1984. Consists of a small oblong
trough of water, filled from a source that cannot be seen from
outside. Stone barrel-vault above it. Superstructure consists
of a stone rubble wall with some red brick. At its base is a
semicircular chamfered opening with dressed stone voussoirs;
this gives access to the well and is closed by a C20 grille.
Above it is a slate plaque in a chamfered stone frame with
rounded top corner. The plaque is inscribed: 'The Ancient
LADYWELL restored Anno Domini MCMLXXXIV. I. KERR. Mason.'
HISTORICAL NOTE: the well is included among Theo Brown's 'Holy
and Notable Wells of Devon'. She describes it as a dripping
well; 'water diverted from a near-by spring into a sink in
wall'. Nothing appears to be known about its early history.
(Transactions of Devonshire Association: Brown T: Holy and
Notable Wells of Devon IV: 1960-: 102-3).
Listing NGR: SS5564434211
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