Medieval holy well unearthed in England

Archaeologists revealed a Medieval holy well, that was said to heal eye diseases and wash away sins, at Rainhill, East of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The Medieval well (by Liverpool Echo)
The Medieval well (by Liverpool Echo)

The well was unearthed at a private farm, after archaeologists located the site by looking at a photograph from 1983 which showed it was still visible on the surface. The well was associated with a nearby priory, lost during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, by Henry VIII in the 16th century. The well is a large structure measuring 2-by-2-metres, made of sandstone and with three steps leading to the water, where Medieval pilgrims submerged themselves, hoping to benefit from its healing properties.

Members of the Rainhill Civic Society and Merseyside Archaeological Society at the site (by St Helens Reporter)
Members of the Rainhill Civic Society and Merseyside Archaeological Society at the site (by St Helens Reporter)

(after Liverpool Echo & St Helens Reporter)

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