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HER Number:MDV614
Name:Libbet's Well, Priory Cottage, Crediton


Well, probably 17th century or earlier, consisting of a rough round-headed stone arch with a vaulted stone roof, under the cob garden wall to Priory Cottage.


Grid Reference:SS 835 002
Map Sheet:SS80SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishCrediton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCREDITON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS80SW/6
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 386966
  • Old Listed Building Ref: SS80SW16

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SS80SW16 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV58732.

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

'W' shown. Map object based on this source.

Montague, L. A. D., 1940 - 1941, Notes on Old Crediton, 33 (Article in Serial). SDV337762.

Near north end of Church Street, a never-failing supply. Probably supplied the colliegate community and palace.

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

Libbett's Well lies between Crediton Church and St. Boniface's Well. The well served St. Elizabeth's hostel for priests from which the name is derived.

Department of Environment, 1972, Urban District of Crediton, 4 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV39769.

Libbet's Well. An ancient well under cob garden wall of Priory Cottage. Basin about 3 feet wide with stone arch and vault above.

Horner, W., 1992, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV58735.

Site visit on 24/01/1992. The well has been partly filled in for safety reasons.

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

English Heritage, 2012, Images of England (Website). SDV350428.

Photograph shows low stone arch under cob wall. Map object based on this source.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Map object based on this source.

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

Well. Probably 17th century. Stone rubble. The well is sited in the cob garden wall to Priory Cottage. It is served by a spring and consists of a rough round-headed stone arch with a vaulted stone roof - the cob garden wall is built over it. The water feeds a small basin in front and then travels through the back garden of No 17 Church Street before joining the town sewer under the road.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV304810Article in Serial: Brown, T.. 1957. Holy and Notable Wells of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 89. A5 Hardback. 211.
SDV337762Article in Serial: Montague, L. A. D.. 1940 - 1941. Notes on Old Crediton. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 21. Unknown. 33.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV338960Report - Assessment: WSP Environmental Ltd. 2005. Mill Street, Crediton: Archaeological Assessment. WSP Report. 12262065. A4 Stapled + Digital. Appendix 1.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV350428Website: English Heritage. 2012. Images of England. www.imagesofengland.org.uk. Website.
SDV39769List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Urban District of Crediton. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 4.
SDV58732Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SS80SW16.
SDV58735Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 1992.

Associated Monuments

MDV97403Part of: Garden Wall to Priory Cottage (Building)
MDV613Related to: Crediton, St Winfrith's Well (Building)
MDV619Related to: Holy Cross Parish Church, Crediton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4270 - Mill Street, Crediton

Date Last Edited:Feb 13 2013 11:30AM