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Hilda's Well

Sacred Well


"The custom of giving names to wells and fountains is of remote antiquity, being common alike to earliest idolaters, to Jews and to Christians. In papal times, if a well had an awful situation, as at Rosebury; if it's waters were clear, and medicinal, as at Hilda's-well, it was the custom to dedicate it to some saint by name. To such an extent did this species of idolatry prevail, that it was forbidden in the canons of king Edgar A.D. 960, also in the canons of St. Anselm A.D. 1102. Notwithstanding, it prevailed without intermission till the Reformation, when many innocent customs and harmless superstitions were wholly extirpated because they savoured of popery."
The History and Antiquities of Cleveland
J. W. Ord
Republished by Patrick & Shotton
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
6th September 2002ce

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