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Lady Well

A Grade II Listed Building in Barnstaple, Devon

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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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385317

English Heritage Legacy ID: 485779

Location: Barnstaple, North Devon, Devon, EX31

County: Devon

District: North Devon

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

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684-1/2/323 (North side)
Lady Well


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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