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Willie's Well, Main Street, North Queensferry

A Category B Listed Building in Inverkeithing, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0101 / 56°0'36"N

Longitude: -3.3956 / 3°23'44"W

OS Eastings: 313078

OS Northings: 680561

OS Grid: NT130805

Mapcode National: GBR 20.TC45

Mapcode Global: WH6S9.T66F

Plus Code: 9C8R2J63+2P

Entry Name: Willie's Well, Main Street, North Queensferry

Listing Name: North Queensferry, Main Street, Willie's Well

Listing Date: 27 March 2003

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396749

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49175

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inverkeithing

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Parish: Inverkeithing

Traditional County: Fife

Tagged with: Well

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Possibly 17th century. Barrel-vaulted well set into random rubble wall; 20th century commemorative iron gate with decorative lion rampant casting. North Queensferry Heritage Trust plaque to right.

Statement of Interest

This well was a long-established source of fresh water for the village of North Queensferry presumably originating at Ferryhills. Its use for washing is assumed by its close proximity to the common green (as it was known in the 17th century), which was probably also used as a bleaching and washing green, this green was located nearby to the W until it was displaced by the existing highway in 1773. The former King's Highway ran alongside the green (Cubin). The well was disused by the end of the 19th century (Cunningham).

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