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Monument Number 449804

Hob Uid: 449804
Location :
Dorset
West Dorset
Lyme Regis
Grid Ref : SY3411092210
Summary : The Lepers' Well is of 14th century in origin and is possibly earlier than this; it is located in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset. The well is a remaining structure of a medieval hospital for people with leprosy. The well is made of blue lias stone and is rectangular with a round-headed barrel vaulted recess with low projecting blocks of stone along an inner return at ground floor level. The site also features Boundary Walls to the Lepers' Well which are also remains of the medieval hospital for people with leprosy. They were constructed in the 13th - 14th century and have 19th century buttresses. The walls are made of blue lias stone and are rectangular blocks with an arch. The north-west boundary wall contains fragments of splayed window jambs and sills. The front wall of the site which is of 14th century origin is now supported on the retaining wall to the river which was constructed c.1950.
More information : (SY 34119221) Lepers' Well (NR) (1)

A well at Lyme Regis was formerly considered efficacious for the cure of leprosy. (2)

Leper's Well; presumably so-called from Leper Hospital (SY 39 SW 9) in vicinity. The well house is formed by a simple round arch of stone. Internally the south-west side has another round arch at a lower level and immediately above the water container.
Although old, no date can be given for this structure. See photograph. (3)

The Lepers’ Well is a grade II listed structure. For further details on the designation see the statutory data. (4)

The Leper’s Well is of 14th century in origin and is possibly earlier than this; it is located in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset. The well is a remaining structure of a medieval hospital for people with leprosy.
The well is made of blue lias stone and is rectangular with a round-headed barrel vaulted recess with low projecting blocks of stone along an inner return at ground floor level.
At the time of amending this record in 2012, access to information on the designation noted in source 4 above is available via the National Heritage List for England. (5)

The Boundary Walls to the Lepers’ Well are grade II listed structures. For further details on the designation see the statutory data. (6)

The Boundary Walls to the Lepers’ Well are remains of the medieval hospital for people with leprosy. They were constructed in the 13th – 14th century and have 19th century buttresses.
The walls are made of blue lias stone and are rectangular blocks with an arch. The north-west boundary wall contains fragments of splayed window jambs and sills. The front wall of the site which is of 14th century origin is now supported on the retaining wall to the river which was constructed c.1950.
At the time of amending this record in 2012, access to information on the designation noted in source 6 above is available via the National Heritage List for England. (7)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1931
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Source : Notes and queries for Somerset and Dorset
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Vol(s) : 23, 1939-42
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GCS 11-FEB-55
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Source Number : 4
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : West Dorset, 31-Jan-1974
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Source Number : 5
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : The National Heritage List for England, Lepers' Well, [Accessed 21-MAR-2012]
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : West Dorset, 11-Dec-1991
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Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : The National Heritage List for England, Boundary Walls of Lepers' Well, [Accessed 21-MAR-2012]
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C13-C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1200
Monument Type : Holy Well, Boundary Wall
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 104830
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 403868
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External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 405574
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External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1229091
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External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1278538
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SY 39 SW 11
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 449798
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SY 39 SW 11
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1955-02-11
End Date : 1955-02-11
Associated Activities : INVESTIGATION BY RCHME/EH ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1995-11-14
End Date : 1995-11-14
Associated Activities : ENGLISH HERITAGE: DISABILITY IN TIME AND PLACE
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2011-01-01
End Date : 2012-12-31