St Mary's Well, Jesmond

Tyne and Wear

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English Heritage

District Council

Newcastle upon Tyne

County Council (Unitary)

Newcastle upon Tyne


Newcastle upon Tyne

Parliamentary Constituency

Newcastle upon Tyne East

Grid Reference

SE259259 (425854, 566502)

WGS84 Coordinates

54.9924, -1.59587

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User-Submitted Notes

I have known about St.Mary's Well for some years. It is part of the heritage of Newcastle, and the old settlement of Jesmond.

St.Mary's Church,the oldest church in Newcastle,sited just off Jesmond Dene public park. Situated on a steep bank next to an old river bed. All that remains of the Church is its outer walls, and one small stained glass window. It was until a few months ago virtually hidden from view by large trees,but Newcastle Council have now seen its potential as part of the History of Newcastle, so they have cleared the overgrowding trees away, displaying this beauttiful monument.

Across the road to St. Mary's Church is an old coach road to an old Manor House I pressume. It starts with two huge stone gate pillows, leading into a derelict, overgrown drive that has a single foot-trodden path all the way up to an 18th Century Manor House that is currently for sale, but I have not got change of a tenner.

As you enter this old drive, walk about 100 yards up the incline, then look to your right where you will see a rather overgrown patch of land with a set of stone-steps down to the small, flat valley. Great care is needed as the overgrowth makes the steps difficult to see. At the bottom of the steps, in the dimly lit overgrowth, is a magical experience of St. Mary's Well, still full with beautiful clean-looking water, in a built stone surround that once had a gate on it for some purpose. The well appears to have been allowed to over-spell into a man-made ditch at one time.

The site is both scary and beautiful, sheltered by large trees, it gives off an ambience of serene tranquility of Religion, a haven of peaceful contentment and devine worship, yet tinged with uncertainty, a mild fear of the unknown, a flash of insecurity, an "uncanny" nurosis that you are "not alone", that the shadow that breezes past you peripheral vision was that of a small female figure, covered in a brown, cowelled attire and carrying a container of sorts, as she disappears to the back of the site.

I write this peace having just visited this site, only a couple of miles from my house. My grandson had found the location of the well as he knew I wanted to visit this acient site, so he and I visted just last week.

Did I experience the Wells secret of the unwritten phenomina of the Well?

I tell you reader - I am not a religious man at all, but at this holy site I experienced a tranquility of earth-shattering strength, I inwardly felt the power of this acient well, the sixth-sense highly alerted to the unseen ambience around me - and the small female dressed in a brown cowelled habit, and a clear view of the bucket she carried.

I urge you to visit this yet unrecognised site of holyness
at the outerside of Jesmond Dene.

Alan B ull, 2 May 2011

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