|Yorkshire Holy Wells|
John's Well - Stillington
This holy well was originally noted on the modern OS map, where it is marked as a small pool in a wooded area by the road to Stillington village. Back in 1988 no obvious water source could be found as the area was impenetrable due to brambles and undergrowth. Since that time most of the trees in the wood have been cut down and a visit in January 1999 located a small boggy 'puddle' in the area where the OS marked the well. It is probable that the original pond has been filled up with leaf litter and other vegetation. In July 99 the area was again impenetrable because of brambles (raspberries!) but the extent of the pond/boggy area was nicely defined by a large circular patch of Great willowherb.
The first edition OS map shows this holy
well as a square structure within a small circular enclosure, so this
well appears to have been a significant site at one time, perhaps
similar to the St Johns well at nearby Moxby.
|Access - The well is located in a wooded area alongside
the York to Stillington road .
Condition - This St john's well is now in danger of disappearing, but the pool could be cleared out .