Record Details

NHER Number:56856
Type of record:Monument
Name:Walsingham Abbey Wishing Wells

Summary

Two circular pools and a rectangular medicinal bath of later date. Anecdotal evidence indicates that the wells are at least in part medieval in origin. Now part of a small enclosed garden in Abbey Park (NHER 56859).

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 9359 3677
Map Sheet:TF93NW
Parish:WALSINGHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

ORIGINALLY PART OF NHER 2029.

March 2012.
Two circular pools and a rectangular medicinal bath of later date. Anecdotal evidence indicates that the wells are at least in part medieval in origin. Now part of a small enclosed garden in Abbey Park (NHER 56859). (S1) records that in the mid 19th century it was suggested that the two wells had been given the name 'Wishing Wells' because the devotees of Our lady at Walsingham, were taught to believe that any who had permission to drink from the wells could obtain whatever they wished for.
Information from (S1).
K. Powell (HES), 20 March 2012.


Historic Landscape Management, 2008, Walsingham Abbey Grounds. Landscape Conservation Strategy (Unpublished Contractor Report)

Monument Types

  • WELL (Medieval to Modern - 1066 AD to 2050 AD?)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<S1>Unpublished Contractor Report: Historic Landscape Management. 2008. Walsingham Abbey Grounds. Landscape Conservation Strategy. Historic Landscape Management.

Related records

56859Part of: Abbey House Park, Walsingham (Monument)
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