|(At the risk of infuriating Kentigern of course, with its blatant fibbery).
GILSLAND.Similar to the anti-interference stories about some standing stones?
"In Cumberland there is a spring,
And strange it is to tell,
That many a fortune it will make,
If never a drop they sell."
The above prophetic rhymes are popularly understood to allude to Gilsland Spa, respecting which there is a very curious tradition, viz.., that on the medicinal virtues being first discovered, the person who owned the land, not resting satisfied, as would appear, with his profits which the influx of strangers to the place had caused, built a house over the spring, with the intention of selling the waters. But his avarice was punished in a very singular manner, for no sooner had he completed his house than the spring dried up, and continued so till the house was pulled down when lo! another miracle, it flowed again as before. Whether true or false, this story of antiquity enforces a most beautiful moral and religious precept. - Clarke's Survey of the Lake.
From p43 of Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England Including Rivers, Lakes, Fountains and Springs (1893) By Robert Charles Hope. Online at http://www.antipope.org/feorag/wells/.
Posted by Rhiannon
21st May 2007ce
Edited 21st May 2007ce