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HER Number:MDV613
Name:Crediton, St Winfrith's Well


St Winfrith's or St Boniface's medieval well in Crediton


Grid Reference:SS 834 002
Map Sheet:SS80SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishCrediton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCREDITON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS80SW/7
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 386951

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SS80SW15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV58749.

King, R. J., 1874, The Birthplace of Wynfrith or St. Boniface, 73 (Article in Serial). SDV124364.

Dedication to St. Winifred questioned.

Binnall, P. B. G., 1940 - 1941, Holy Wells in Devonshire, 123 (Article in Serial). SDV70316.

Brown, T., 1957, Holy and Notable Wells of Devon, 211 (Article in Serial). SDV304810.

Department of Environment, 1972, Urban District of Crediton, 26 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV39769.

Newcombes Meadow, Winfrids Well.
Ancient well on west side of Green. Square stone well-head with domed roof. The name is a corruption of St Winfrith (otherwise St Boniface) believed to have been native of Crediton in late C7.

WSP Environmental Ltd, 2005, Mill Street, Crediton: Archaeological Assessment, Appendix 1 (Report - Assessment). SDV338960.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

Winfrith's well. Well-house. Structure undateable from the fabric, appears to have been thoroughly rebuilt in the C20. Local stone rubble; granite lintel. Sited in Newcombes Meadow, a municipal park. Large domed well-house with a timber door on the south side with a granite lintel inscribed "Traditional well of Winfrith. AD 680". The well-house is surrounded by municipal concrete bollards and chains. Winfrith, otherwise St Boniface, is reputed to have been a native of Crediton

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV124364Article in Serial: King, R. J.. 1874. The Birthplace of Wynfrith or St. Boniface. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 20. Unknown. 73.
SDV304810Article in Serial: Brown, T.. 1957. Holy and Notable Wells of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 89. A5 Hardback. 211.
SDV338960Report - Assessment: WSP Environmental Ltd. 2005. Mill Street, Crediton: Archaeological Assessment. WSP Report. 12262065. A4 Stapled + Digital. Appendix 1.
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96768 ]
SDV39769List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Urban District of Crediton. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 26.
SDV58749Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SS80SW15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV70316Article in Serial: Binnall, P. B. G.. 1940 - 1941. Holy Wells in Devonshire. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 21. Unknown. 123.

Associated Monuments

MDV614Related to: Libbet's Well, Priory Cottage, Crediton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4270 - Mill Street, Crediton

Date Last Edited:Feb 8 2013 1:51PM