Photo Quiz No.48: Answer – The Holy Well of St John the Baptist Church, Bisley

This, the 48th Photo Quiz, is, I consider, the toughest challenge to date. Of course, if you know the answer it’s not difficult. Detailed answer below.

The answer to Picture Quiz No.48 is the Holy Well of St John the Baptist Church, Bisley.

It is situated beside a footpath, accessed opposite Clews Farm in Clews Lane, Bisley. There’s a parking spot by a gate at the beginning of the path. Alternatively, take the short path from the Church, over a field, to reach the well. Here’s part of what the notice says,

“The St John the Baptist’s Well is a grade II listed building and belongs to the Church of St John the Baptist which is situated a short distance Northwest of here.

Reputedly the well has never run dry nor frozen up. It has provided a dependable supply of fresh water for centuries and was mentioned more than 300 years ago by John Aubrey, a Surrey antiquarian [1626-1697], who wrote, “near the church is a spring called St John the Baptist’s Well. The dedication made me curious to try it with galls (oak apples) which turn it to a purple colour. It is colder than other water in summer, but warmer in winter.”

Earlier still, there is evidence from the Pyrford Charter Bounds (956 AD) suggesting that a church had been constructed near the well wen Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

…..The spring water from the Holy Well contains significant amounts of dissolved iron and was once said to benefit sufferers from eye trouble and various other complaints but its reputed healing powers have probably been tested in recent times.  It is certainly not recommended to do so these days.  …The stonework is mainly of heathstone, a sarsen stone found locally and is used in the construction of parts of many churches in this area”

 

4 thoughts on “Photo Quiz No.48: Answer – The Holy Well of St John the Baptist Church, Bisley

  1. Now that is interesting Tim – had no idea it was anywhere near here – nor of its provenance – fascinating stuff !

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  2. Thank you Speedicus. Must say I enjoyed finding it’s location, There’s no signpost to it. The notice by the well was covered in bird droppings, so went back and cleaned it for the photo. You can see it’s state before cleaning on photo number 3.

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