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placename:- St Helen's Well
locality:- Great Asby
parish Asby parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
spring; well
coordinates:- NY68171328
10Km square:- NY61

1Km square NY6813

photograph

St Helen's Well -- Great Asby -- Asby -- Cumbria / -- 3.8.2012
photograph

St Helen's Well -- Great Asby -- Asby -- Cumbria / -- 3.8.2012

old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 22 3)

County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.

placename:- St Helen's Well
well
person:- : St Helen
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

drawing:-
courtesy of David Butler
thumbnail PR1435, button to large image
coordinates:- NY681132
date:- 1990
period:- 1990s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
ST HELEN'S WELL TO SOUTH OF ST HELEN'S ALMSHOUSES / / GREAT ASBY / ASBY / EDEN / CUMBRIA / II / 73251 / NY6817613282
courtesy of English Heritage
Spring in low rectangular enclosure of uncertain date, but probably altered in late C19 (early C19 accounts mention stone benches lining the walls, now no longer there). From roadway, steps lead down to wrought-iron gate in centre of north wall; wall continues on east and west sides. Slobbered rubble with sandstone coping topped by weathered limestone flags. Narrow path runs round internally next to wall. Water rises from large rectangular opening to flow into beck over steps at front; small secondary outflow under east wall.

placename:- St Helen's Well
district:- Eden
listed building
coordinates:- NY68171328
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Helen's Well -- Great Asby -- Asby -- Cumbria / -- 3.8.2012
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Helen's Well -- Great Asby -- Asby -- Cumbria / -- 28.10.2005

hearsay A local resident told us that the well never dries, even when the river, the Asby Beck, fails. The pieces of limestone pavement on the walls were put there to frighten the water spirits, to keep them within the spring.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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