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|Description ||On the far north end of Stapeley Hill, two springs close to each other emanate from the hillside, converging into one brook.|
For centuries these springs were venerated, even as late as the 19th Century. On Holy Thursday, there would be a procession here, and the springs decorated and dressed. Ritual dropping of pins into the water, drinking of a brew made from water and sugar, and eating of cakes were observed. All this followed by a fair in Rorrington village itself.
Source: Stapeley Hill Historic Trails, a leaflet produced by both English Heritae and Shropshire County Council.
The springs now seem largely forgotten, with debris from farming surrounding, and the more southerly had parts of a decomposing sheep within it. Not a holy well I'd like to drink from. Nevertheless, a lovely remote feeling spot on midsummer solstice eve.
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