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|Description ||This view of St Cleer Well shows slightly more of the inside of the well-house. Access is via a gate just off to the left of this picture. It was very pleasant in the bright sunshine that day, and the light gave the old stones inside the building a soft glow. The architecture made if feel rather special with its gracefull arches, and decorated pillars. The well itself is under a substantial metal grille, like a horizontal gate, supported by two granite ledges each side of the oblong aperture. Through the grille you can see the water below two fairly slim slabs of stone (granite, I expect) which tilt towards each other, and all is interspersed with ferny green vegetation. It is as if the well-house was just built around a pretty little rivulet on the moors, and everything else you see today just happened to eventually grow up around it (which it obviously did!) I think it gives much more of a feel of the original site than any other I've seen yet - and I am quite a newcomer to wells!
If I had to give the well-house interior an 'ambience' mark, it would be quite high, but the proximity of a quite busy village road, and (especially) the modern housing nearby (why do they do this?!) takes away a good deal of the atmosphere.
The nearby cross is very attractive. I'm not sure how old it is, or whether it always stood near this spot.
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