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HER Number:MDV100
Name:St. Clare's Well, Hartland


St, Clare's Well, a masonry structure, earthed over on all sides, which incorporates brickwork.


Grid Reference:SS 258 225
Map Sheet:SS22SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS22SE/6
  • Old SAM County Ref: 168

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOLY WELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SS22SE3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV339174.

Visited 29/1/1953. Still used for drinking water. The masonry building over the well has been recently repaired and a door fitted. The back and sides are original, the whole being topped with an earth covering.
Visited 6/12/1978. A masonry structure earthed over on all sides of the front, which incorporates brickwork. Structure measures 1.2m by 1.2m and is in use providing water for cattle. Set into the near interior wall is a small carved statue of a woman, somewhat eroded, possibly medieval.

Department of Environment, St. Clare's Well (Schedule Document). SDV339173.

St. Clare's Well. Philham,.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'St. Clare's Well' marked.

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 26NE & 27NW (Cartographic). SDV335711.

Chope, R. P., 1921 - 1923, St. Clare's Well, Hartland, 314 (Article in Serial). SDV339175.

Brown, T., 1957, Holy and Notable Wells of Devon, 212 (Article in Serial). SDV304810.

Pearce, S. M., 1985, The Early Church in the Landscape: The Evidence from North Devon (part), 269 (Article in Serial). SDV336495.

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 566 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

St. Clare's well. Philham, chapel site. Masonry structure, front incorporates brickwork, earthed over. Structure 1.2m by 1.2m, provides water for cattle. Set into rear interior is small statue of woman, poss. medieval. Structure repaired c.1950s.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV304810Article in Serial: Brown, T.. 1957. Holy and Notable Wells of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 89. A5 Hardback. 212.
SDV335711Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 26NE & 27NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336495Article in Serial: Pearce, S. M.. 1985. The Early Church in the Landscape: The Evidence from North Devon (part). Archaeological Journal. 142. A4 Stapled + Digital. 269.
SDV339173Schedule Document: Department of Environment. St. Clare's Well. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV339174Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SS22SE3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV339175Article in Serial: Chope, R. P.. 1921 - 1923. St. Clare's Well, Hartland. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 12. Unknown. 314.
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 566.

Associated Monuments

MDV7139Related to: St Clare's Chapel, Philham (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 22 2020 2:39PM