Well called Blaunder's Well

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1004656
Date first listed:
11-Jun-1973
Location Description:
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Ordnance survey map of Well called Blaunder's Well
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Location

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Location Description:
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District:
Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Lewannick
National Grid Reference:
SX 27335 80707

Reasons for Designation

Although probably medieval in origin, wells are notoriously difficult to date. The presence of water was, however, a key consideration in the siting of many settlements and its presence, close to the settlement, reflects this pattern. It is reported that the well was in use even as recently as 1960. Often venerated for healing or ritual reasons, the well called Blaunder's Well is known traditionally as a never-ceasing water supply. It will retain archaeological information which provide insight into its construction and use over time.

Details

The monument includes a wel,l situated on the eastern side of the settlement of Lewannick, close to Dingleys. The well survives as a 1m square chamber standing to 0.6m high and formed by three slate slabs and a large earthfast boulder. The well is approached by a hollow way. Baring-Gould suggested that 'Blaunder' was a corruption of St Branwalader (St Brendan), although Adams considered this rather unlikely. Known locally as a never-failing water supply it may have been the cause for the original foundation of the settlement, but it does not have a documented history or tradition as a holy well.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-436275

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
CO 869
Legacy System:
RSM - OCN

Legal

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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