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The Virtuous Well

A Grade II Listed Building in Trellech United (Tryleg Unedig), Monmouthshire

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Latitude: 51.7425 / 51°44'32"N

Longitude: -2.7212 / 2°43'16"W

OS Eastings: 350303

OS Northings: 205109

OS Grid: SO503051

Mapcode National: GBR JK.1G6S

Mapcode Global: VH876.SG9K

Entry Name: The Virtuous Well

Listing Date: 1 May 1952

Last Amended: 28 February 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2069

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: To the south east of Trellech village, approached off the north side of Llandogo Road about 270m south east of the junction with Church Street.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Monmouth

Community: Trellech United (Tryleg Unedig)

Community: Trellech United

Locality: Trellech

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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A medieval well basin in a probably C18 stone surround. The name 'Virtuous Well' refers to the medicinal properties of the iron rich waters. It had a high reputation as a healing well in the C18 and C19, being particularly beneficial for eye and women's conditions. It has also sometimes been known as St Anne's Well. When Bradney visited in 1913 it was in 'a bad state of repair and totally neglected', so it has been repaired since then, and possibly again in 1977 when the gate was put up to commemmorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.


A probably medieval stone basin set in an arched recess surrounded by a horse-shoe shaped wall. There are steps leading down to it and there are niches for drinking vessels. The wall with the well or spring is set into the bank with an arched entrance in the centre and the niches on either side. Small courtyard in front with flanking benches along the curved walls. The steps are outside the entrance to the court.


A small stone basin is set into an apsed niche.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an interesting healing well of medieval origin which was much frequented for its medicinal properties in the C17 and C18.
Scheduled Ancient Monument MM171(MON).

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  • II East Barn at Three Stones Farm
    At the south end of Trellech village on the west side of Catbrook Road about 60m south of the junction with Church Street.
  • II West Barn at Three Stones Farm
    At the south end of Trellech village on the west side of Catbrook Road about 60m south of the junction with Church Street at the back of the farmyard behind the East Barn.
  • II Middleton House
    About 50m east of Holly Tree House and approached up a lane to the south of it.
  • II Holly Tree Cottage
    Immdediately to the south of Trellech Farmhouse with its gable end to Church Street.
  • II Court Farmhouse
    At the south end of Trellech village about 180m south of the Church of St Nicholas.
  • II Telephone Call-box (01600 860201)
    Situated on the flagged pavement within the splayed entrance to Holly Tree Cottage, with Trellech Farmhouse to the rear.
  • II Trellech Farmhouse
    In the centre of Trellech village about 120m south of the Church of St Nicholas and with its gable end to Church Street.
  • II Barn at Court Farm
    Immediately to the west of Court Farmhouse.

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