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HER Number:MDV249
Name:St Marys Well, Bremridge Woods.


A holy well, the water reputedly good for eye disorders. The well chamber comprises a semi-circular stone rubble structure built into the slope, although the dome roof appears to have collapsed.


Grid Reference:SS 521 058
Map Sheet:SS50NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHatherleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHATHERLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: St Mary's Well. Remains of chamber over well in Bremridge Wood

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS50NW/3
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HOLY WELL (Unknown date)

Full description

OLDHAM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV170.

St. Mary's well. Bembridge woods. Revelry ascension day, also holy thursday, perhaps midsummer. Not healing; wishing well, pins. Vis=estimated -/-/1908 (oldham). A chalybeate spring which was used for the affectations of the eyes. Vis=estimated -/-/1840 (binnall). An analysis of the water showed no medicinal properties. Vis=6/11/1972 (os). This well chamber is built into the north slope and comprises a rather more than semi-circular stone rubble structure. The opening is on the north. There is no trough, and much rubble in the vicinity is probably the clearing of a collapsed dome roof.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV274795.

Brown, t. /tda/89(1957)212/holy and notable wells of devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV274796.

Polwhele/history of devonshire (1793).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV274797.

Pearse chope, r. /tda/68(1936)249/devon calendar customs.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV274798.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV274799.

Oldham, d. W. /tda/40(1908)190.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV274800.

Binnall, p. B. G. /dcnq 21(1940-1941)124.

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

St Mary's Well marked as a holy well.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

St Mary's Well marked, in Bremridge Wood.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV170Migrated Record: OLDHAM.
SDV274795Migrated Record:
SDV274796Migrated Record:
SDV274797Migrated Record:
SDV274798Migrated Record:
SDV274799Migrated Record:
SDV274800Migrated Record:
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 21 2018 10:00AM