Tawstock Holy Well


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Well House

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Devon County Council

District Council

North Devon Council



Parliamentary Constituency

North Devon

Grid Reference

SN553553 (255255, 129835)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.0491, -4.06526

Nearest Postcode

EX31 3HZ

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Medieval holy well housed within a 20th century well building. It lies in a small valley to the east of Tawstock and survives as a sub-rectangular well recess which measures 1.7 metres long by 1.4 metres wide and 1,2 metres high. The well is full of clear water which issues into a ditch at the front. Evidence of mortar, corbelling and rough walling is also visible, with a possible lintel. Around this grotto-like structure a 20th century building has been constructed. This is revetted into the hillside and has two retaining walls of 1.5 metres high abutting the building and running parallel to the hillside. The building has a pitched roof, is stone built and has the inscription `Holy Well, Tawstock. Restored 1938 A.B.S.W.'. A holy well was recorded at Tawstock in 1390. The well is Scheduled. The 20th century well building is Listed Grade II but excluded from the scheduling.

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