St Hilda's Holy Well
Second World War
North Yorkshire County Council
Scarborough Borough Council
Scarborough and Whitby
SE791791 (479117, 517050)
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World War II petroleum warfare site - demigasse, now destroyed. On the main road from Loftus at junction with road to Port Mulgrave, Hinderwell.
Old photos show a hand pump which was installed sometime before 1900. This was dismantled in 1912 and Hilda Gertrude Montgomery Palmer (1884 – 1946) of Grinkle Park had the present day sandstone structure built with water supposedly flowing from a chamber behind. Then through a small inlet and into a stone font at the front However it was dry as a bone on the last day of June 2015 when I visited A plaque commemorates the restoration.
John D Hunter, 6 July 2015
The Well became a place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages, as the water was said to have healing properties particularly for eye diseases. It was once the only water supply for Hinderwell village.
An open air service is held at the well every July. A new thirty mile trail was launched in 2015 (St. Hilda's Way), which starts at the well and ends at Whitby Abbey.
St. Hilda's Day is on 17th November.
Anthea Ellis, 16 February 2017
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