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|Description ||The well is also known as the Oily Well because of the oily film which floated on itís water. This was caused by the water flowing through a layer of oil shale and itís waters had a reputation for curing eczema and other skin diseases.|
The well is thought to date from the 15th century and in 1617 James IV ordered that a stone wellhouse with steps for easy access be built. This was almost completely destroyed by Cromwellís men in 1650. Today the wellhouse is a small vaulted structure dating from the late 19th century. I couldnít see into the well through the locked door so donít know if it still has water.
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