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Submitted by enkidu41 on Sunday, 10 April 2005  Page Views: 7074

Springs and Holy WellsSite Name: Whittle Hole Alternative Name: White Well
Country: England County: Buckinghamshire Type: Holy Well or Sacred Spring
Nearest Town: Aylesbury  Nearest Village: Whitchurch
Map Ref: SP801207
Latitude: 51.879123N  Longitude: 0.837774W
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
5 Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data

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Whittle Hole
Whittle Hole submitted by enkidu41 : Overlooking the well from the footpath. The steps on the left lead down from the back garden of a house. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Holy Well or Sacred Spring in Buckinghamshire. This spring lies west of the village church and is situated at the end of a footpath from the main road running through the village. It is a large stone trough of beautifully clear water which empties into the stream below via a culvert. One of 4 surviving holy wells or springs in the area it was 'not held so sacred'** as the Holy Well but its water was 'blest and given to and for the free and good use of the inhabitants.'** Supposedly, it had an average flow of 32 gallons per minute, or up to 3 times that volume during a glut.

[**Two Lectures on the History of Whitchurch, by Joseph Holloway, Winslow, 1889.]
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Whittle Hole
Whittle Hole submitted by enkidu41 : Looking down the footpath which leads to the well. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Re: Whittle Hole by Anonymous on Wednesday, 26 October 2011
My Great Great Grandparents lived at the Whittle Hole Whitchurch George and Elizabeth Atkins in the 1800's

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    Re: Whittle Hole by Anonymous on Saturday, 01 July 2017
    We live at Spring Cottage, Whittle Hole and have the deeds relating to the purchase of the plot in 1867. The land included four cottages and lists the owners - George Atkins is indeed one of them. These cottages were in a state of ruin by the early 1900s and were demolished in 1910. Elsewhere on the Internet is a good picture of them.
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