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Springs and Holy WellsSite Name: St Faith's Well
Country: England County: Hertfordshire Type: Holy Well or Sacred Spring
 Nearest Village: Hexton
Map Ref: TL103303
Latitude: 51.960252N  Longitude: 0.396139W
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
1 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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St Faith's Well
St Faith's Well submitted by HOLYWELL : The approximate location of St. Faith's well a marshy area. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Holy Well or Sacred Spring in Hertfordshire

Francis Taverner the lord of the manor destroyed the site but gave the fullest report. In which he said: “There is a small persell of ground adjoining to the churchyard called St Ffaith's Wick....The greatest parte standing upon a bedde of springs, and undrained was very boggye, towards the churchyard. But the west side of the wick, being higher ground....neer adjoining unto which...the Craftye Priests had made a well about a yard deep and very cleere in the bottome, and curbed about. Now over this well, they built a house...in this house they placed an image or statue of St Ffaith and a cawsey they had made.... for people to passe, who resorted thither from four and neere to visit our lady and to perform their devotions.” The well would seem to be beneficial for foot complaints for pilgrims would be: “... revently kissing a fine colured stone placed on her toe’ which was believed to bestow cures.” Also the sick would throw something into the well“..which if swamme above they were accepted and there petition granted, but if it sinke, then rejected which the experienced Prieste had arts enove to cause to swymme or sinke according as himselfe was pleased with the partye, or rather with the offering made by the partye.”
The approximate site can be seen to the side of the church, where a small picturesque pool of water is apparent. The well and church sit below Ravensburgh Castle hill fort and so probably had an ancient origin.

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TL1030 : Hexton Church tower by David Martin
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TL1030 : Church of St Faith, Hexton by David Martin
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TL1030 : Hexton JMI School. by Robin Hall
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