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HER Number:MDV186
Name:St Brannock's Holy Well


St. Brannock's Holy Well, to west of St Brannock's Well Church. Oval shaped pond, probably fed by spring in field to east of church.


Grid Reference:SS 486 373
Map Sheet:SS43NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NE/8
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS43NE 9

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOLY WELL (Unknown date)

Full description

Risdon, T., 1811, Choreographical Description of Devon, 1580-1640 (Monograph). SDV20653.

Referred to in Leylands Itinerary 1534-1543 AD.

Ordnance Survey, 1905, 8SE (Cartographic). SDV17296.

Binnall, P. B. G., 1940 - 1941, Holy Wells in Devonshire, 122 (Article in Serial). SDV70316.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953 - 1954, SS43NE9 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV341585.

Remains of St Brannocks Well.
1. Well (Name centred at SS48733733).
2. St Brannock's Well. Referred to in Leyland's Itinerary (1534-1543 AD).
3. St Brannock's Well. An ancient well.
4. Visited 30/9/1953 The present appearance of this site is that it is a deralict ornamental pond, probably fed by a spring beneath, with no trace of any previous construction or of antiquity. Its edges are stone walled, oval shaped, and there is a sluicegate of stone brick and concrete in the east. Immediately to the west of the site is what appears to be an old quarry. Other details: Photograph.

Unknown, 1956 - 1958, Review of Stephan, 336 (Article in Serial). SDV341587.

Brown, T., 1957, Holy and Notable Wells of Devon, 209 (Article in Serial). SDV304810.

St. Brannock's Holy Well. Wood near Brampton, by chapel. Now being restored.

Stephan, J., 1958, St Brannoc's Chapel and Well, 98-113 (Article in Serial). SDV341586.

In 1958 the well and its pool were cleaned out and restored. General history given.

Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Archaeology of Exmoor, 212 (Monograph). SDV1641.

Recently restored.

Faull, T., 2009, Holy Wells in Tarka Country (Website). SDV341589.

The well was renovated in 1957 when a new Catholic Chapel was built. Also a grotto where a statue of the Virgin Mary looks out over a still pool. Photograph taken in April 2003. Other details: Photograph.

Baines, C., 2009, Source of St Brannoc's Holy Well (Personal Comment). SDV341588.

The location of the source of St Brannoc's Holy Well is possibly at SS48743735, in a small field to the east of the church and pool.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1641Monograph: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. A5 Hardback. 212.
SDV17296Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 8SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV20653Monograph: Risdon, T.. 1811. Choreographical Description of Devon, 1580-1640. Choreographical Description of Devon, 1580-1640. Unknown.
SDV304810Article in Serial: Brown, T.. 1957. Holy and Notable Wells of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 89. A5 Hardback. 209.
SDV341585Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953 - 1954. SS43NE9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV341586Article in Serial: Stephan, J.. 1958. St Brannoc's Chapel and Well. Buckfast Abbey Chronicle. 28:2. Unknown. 98-113.
SDV341587Article in Serial: Unknown. 1956 - 1958. Review of Stephan. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 27. Unknown. 336.
SDV341588Personal Comment: Baines, C.. 2009. Source of St Brannoc's Holy Well.
SDV341589Website: Faull, T.. 2009. Holy Wells in Tarka Country. www.holywells.com. Website.
SDV70316Article in Serial: Binnall, P. B. G.. 1940 - 1941. Holy Wells in Devonshire. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 21. Unknown. 122.

Associated Monuments

MDV11865Related to: St Brannock's Chapel (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 29 2009 3:03PM