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HER Number:MDV54
Name:St. Nectan's Well, Welcombe


Probable medieval well housing over a pre-Conquest well.


Grid Reference:SS 228 183
Map Sheet:SS21NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWelcombe
Ecclesiastical ParishWELCOMBE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS21NW/504
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Binnall, P. B. G., 1940 - 1941, Holy Wells in Devonshire, 126 (Article in Serial). SDV70316.

Situated just below parish church with stone gabled well head.

Brown, T., 1957, Holy and Notable Wells of Devon, 215 (Article in Serial). SDV304810.

St. Nectan's well. Associated with church, and apparently gives name to the village.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977 - 1997, SS21NW7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV337124.

Visited 16/10/1977. Well enclosed by reconditioned or fairly modern stone well head. Height 2.4m, length 1.5m, width 1.3m. Other details: Photograph.

Department of Environment, 1989, Welcombe, 109 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV336526.

Well housing at St. Nectan's well. Probably a medieval structure but the well is of pre-conquest origin. Rubble stone. Rectangular: plain stone structure with gabled stone corbelled roof. Gable with small square-headed niche. Square-head opening to well with no door. Roadside position.

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 198 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV304810Article in Serial: Brown, T.. 1957. Holy and Notable Wells of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 89. A5 Hardback. 215.
SDV336526List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1989. Welcombe. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 109.
SDV337124Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977 - 1997. SS21NW7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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. 198.
SDV70316Article in Serial: Binnall, P. B. G.. 1940 - 1941. Holy Wells in Devonshire. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 21. Unknown. 126.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 24 2015 12:11PM