St Everilda's Well - Everingham
(SE 8052 4252 site of -covered?)
Although the Rev Smith records that this well was filled
in and its location lost (see below), the 1850's OS map marks the well
'St Everilda's Well (pump)' at the above grid reference. A few metres to
the south of the site of the well the modern OS map marks the start of a
stream (SE 8055 4250) which could be the original
source of the Holy wells water. This might also explain the rector
telling Rev Smith the water ' IS abundant and excellent'.
The well site is located 200m to the
North east of Everingham church which the old OS map shows as
being dedicated to St Emeldis.
Rev Smith wrote...
Everingham had a well dedicated to St. Everildis, as is the church,
which gives evidence of Norman work. St. Everildis lived in the seventh
century, and is thought by some to have founded a monastery at
Everingham and to have given her name to the place, but this cannot
certainly be confirmed. She is said to have blessed the water of the
village and the mothers. The water, i was told by the rector on my
visit, is abundant and excellent, and that during the last fifty years
no mother had died in giving birth to a child. The well was situated in
the Park, the seat of the lord of the manor, in an enclosure formerly
open to the people of the village. It is now filled in, and the site
known to a few of the older inhabitants only if at all. (p140)
R.C. Hope wrote...
In the garden here, belonging to lord Herries, is a well dedicated in
honour of St Everilda. It is square and was formerly resorted to by the
villagers, but is now closed. (p178)