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St Austin's Well, Cerne Abbas

St Austin's Well, Cerne Abbas

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.121

Genre: Manuscript

St Austin's Well, known also as the Silver Well or St Augustine's Well, had the reputation of being a healing, wishing and fortune-telling well. It is said that whosoever looks into the well on Easter morning will see the faces of those who will die within the year.

A chapel dedicated to St Augustine was once built over the spring, but it was pulled down and replaced by some stone channels which surround the spring's source. The well is encircled by lime trees, known to the locals as the Twelve Apostles.

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