WOMBOURNE: OUR LADY'S WELL.
Another famous local well, which has fortunately escaped the destructive hand of time, is that near Wombourne, known by the name of Our Lady's Well, or Lady Well. It is cut out of the solid rock, which crops out at the top of a lofty hill, situated between Wombourne and Lower Penn. The well is of considerable antiquity, and several species of cryptogamic plants give to the surface of the stone a venerable appearance. It is supposed to have been sacred to the virgin in mediæval times, and its waters to have possessed curative properties. Here, ages ago, a holy hermit is said to have dwelt, and to have been visited by many persons in search of consolation and instruction.
The well is still a favourite resort of local pleasure-seekers, who go to drink of the cooling and delicious beverage, and ruralize in the adjacent wood.--Ibid.
Hope’s Legendary Lore
Very nice shot!
Best regards from Changhong Chen!
The verb to ruralize is most interesting Peter (as is the picture of Your Lady's Well). Am I to understand these folks are spending time in the country or rusticating? Or are they perhaps making out in a rutilant glade?
Shame about the graffiti though of course.
Cheers ol' marra - Jethro
There is little modern mention of the Well, and i should have mentioned that Hope's book was written in the 1890"s.
I would suspect that this area would be a nice rural retreat, in Victorian times, from the Dark Satanic Mills of the Black Country. I can imagine them enjoying the picturesque views and having a picnic. The pleasure seekers in them days would have been very prim?
The pleasure seekers these days, among other things, enjoy the artistry of the spray can!
As to making out in a rutilant glade, I could not possibly say, as I am an estranged Brummie. But in Brumagem there were quite a few glades and...I never had any luck!
All the best from England, Peter
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