Entries by Ber Weyde

Well (237) – Bride Road, Lezayre

Information Well, on the Bride Road, Lezayre. The well is indicated on both OS maps (see below) and is SSE of Balladoole.  It later appears on a deed map dated 4 March, 1904 between James M Cruickshank & Others and The Manx Salt & Alkali Co. Ltd and this was discovered by Dave Martin when […]

Well (236) – Ronague

Information Well, Ronague. A stone built well that is covered over and sadly, appears to have been the site of a tragedy. There is a cross on the top and R.I.P. can be clearly seen. I suggest the remaining text says: Died Sep 1865 but I am not sure as it is quite faint and […]

Well (235) – Ballavarvane, St Marks

Information Well, Ballavarvane Farmhouse, St Marks. This record is based on the following testimony: (The well is) In floor of the back room of the farm house.  My granda and uncle both farmed here and would use the well to wash down the cow house as the farm was on a meter. My mum also […]

Well (232) – Port St Mary

Information Well, Howe Road, Port St Mary. A stone built, elongated D-shaped well in a small plot enclosed by a semi-circular stone wall and accessed from the road via a stile. Going up Howe Road, the well can be found on the next bend after the thatched cottage Croym Dty Chione. The well is on […]

Well (231) – Cregneash

Information Well, Cregneash village. Walking down from Ned Beg’s cottage into the village, continue towards the tea rooms at Creg-y-Shee and the well is in an open grassed area on the left, a little before the tea rooms.  It abuts a stone wall. The well does not appear on the first OS Map c.1870 and […]

Well (230) – Cregneash

Information Well, Cregneash village. The well is accessed from the road, just past Harry Kelly’s cottage.  It is on the left-hand side and lies at the end of a stone-walled enclosure that you enter by climbing over an impressive stone stile. When I visited I was informed it had recently been cleaned and though some […]

Well, Upper Ballahane Cottage (229) – Port St Mary

Information Well, Upper Ballahane Cottage, Port St Mary.  Per Kneen in Place-names, Ballahane means O’Hane’s farm (Irish Baile Ui hEidhin). This well is in a stunning location and sits in its own distinguished, private plot opposite the cottage.  It is surrounded by a stone wall on three sides with access via a wooden gate and […]

Well (haunted), ‘Ghost-Bridge’ (228) – Castletown

Information Well (haunted), ‘Ghost-Bridge’, Castletown. This well has been idenified from a photograph catalogue entry on the imuseum and was taken by Matthew Hannah in the 1940s.  The catalogue entry simply states: Ghost-bridge (haunted well) Castletown. No other information is known and an appeal has been posted on facebook (see post below). Reference imuseum.im   […]

Well, Ballacallum Red Gates (225) – Andreas

Information Well, Ballacallum Red Gates, The Lhen, Andreas. An attractive well that may be constructed of beach stones.  Unusually wide circumference – the largest I have seen. The well is approx. 43m SSE/152o of the main house in a grassy area surrounded by a number of trees which creates a lovely setting.  For safety, it […]

Well, Ballachrink Croft (227) – Bride

Information Well, Ballachrink Croft, Ballacorey Road, Bride. The well was discovered during building works and so far appears to be brick-lined with some of the bricks possibly made in Peel/Glenfaba and the red ones may be local to Ballacorey – there were two brick kilns further along the road. At the time of visiting in […]

Well, Goldies Loughan (226) – Jurby East

Information Well, Goldies Loughan, Jurby East. It was lovely to receive an invitation to visit this well as I have seen a photograph of it on the imusem with old Mrs Teare standing next to it in 1897. Comparing the old photograph with today, the plaque is still on the front of the cottage and […]

Breaking the Stretch at the Well

“If a young man and a young woman who are keeping company happen to be standing at a spring-well of an evening and the young man throws out his arms to stretch himself, and he breaks the stretch part-way without letting any part of his arms or hands rise above his head, he and the […]

Fountain (224) – Peel

Information Public Fountain, The Promenade, Peel. The fountain is marked as such on the OS of 1868/69.  It is not known if this was originally a shoreside spring or if it was piped from elsewhere due to the need for clean water.  Stone construction date is given as 1858. Reference Submitted by Ber Weyde/Isle of […]

Field Well (217) – Maughold

Information Field Well, SEbS of Cardle Chapel, Maughold. The well is in a field not far from the A2 road in Maughold parish.  It is not recorded on the first OS map and is yet to be visited by Isle of Man Wells. Reference 1) Submitted by Christopher Porter Location Approximately 382m SEbS (146°) of […]

Chibbyr Sanctan (107) – Santon

Information Chibbyr Sanctan, Santon.  St Sanctan’s Well. The well was found in 2018.  It is not the well in the wall south of the church at the neighbouring house, but is just before the church and in a small enclosure, the location of which was corrected by W Walter Gill in his Third Manx Scrapbook. […]

Orryside Well (216) – Colby

Information Orryside Well, Main Road, Colby. This well in Colby was discovered when digging foundations and the original pump mechanism was found nearby. As you can see, the pump and well are now a special feature within the property. The pump is displayed behind the well; the shaft is lit up and has a glass […]

Well (215) – Castletown

Information Well, Castletown. Lovely discovery in Castletown the past few days! An uncharted stone-lined well has been exposed during some works. The location will be revealed in due course but with Health & Safety, plus the current lockdown, we don’t want to encourage visitors at this time. It is planned to have this capped and […]

Ballawyllin Well (214) – East Baldwin

Information Well, Ballawyllin Farm, East Baldwin. A domestic well constructed of stone with a wood canopy.  It is currently capped with concrete and a modern land drainage pipe now runs throught it. The well is shown on the first OS map of the area which was produced in the late 1860s so has some age […]

Yeaman’s Well (150) – Peel

Information Yeaman’s Well, Peel.   Opposite the east end of Stanley Road, Peel.  It is referred to as Yeoman’s Well in Corris’s plan of Peel, 1784. “I’ve seen sthrings of us waitin’ for shawl [turn] at Yeaman’s Well.” Probably the personal name Eamonn, Edmund. Ballayemmy, Marown, was “Baly Yeaman” in 1510-(Man. Roll.) Reference A Manx […]

Raby Mooar Well (213) – Patrick

Information Raby Mooar Well, Patrick.   At Rheaby-mooar there are the remains of a chapel, walls two feet high; burial ground bout quarter of an acre in extent. The ancient baptismal font — a rude granite block — lies there, about three yards distant from a well in the neighbourhood of the chapel. Reference Vestigia […]

Chester Farm Well (96) – Michael

Information Chester Farm Well, Kirk Michael.  Catalogue entry found on imuseum dated June, 1951 with photograph. Visited in 2018 by James Franklin who has submitted a photograph of it.  Good to know it still exists. Reference imuseum     Location Exact location unknown but there is a well at the farm shown on the OS. […]

Ballacowle Beg (212) – Bride

Information Well, Ballacowle Beg, Bride.  An attempt has been made to encompass all aspects of life in the Island but one may be led to think that the old body of tradition is more truly found in the cottages and small farms of the countryside. English ways inevitably infiltrated into the towns and the large […]

Chibbyr Vaarley (211) – Andreas

Information Chibber Vaarley, on Ballakelly, Andreas.  Well of the Robbers. Heard locally.  W Walter Gill suggests Varlee was probably the nickname of a family which used the well. Reference The Journal of the Manx Museum, Vol V, June 1944, No.70, p.135 Location It is not known if the well still exists.  There is no well […]

Chibbyr Folta/Volta (46) – Port Erin

Information Chibber Folta or Volta, Port Erin. The name of the place from Maddrell’s house to the Eagle Hotel was Magher Folta. The well in it is Chibbyr Folta, and the Lower Folta is towards the station. At Creg Folta is the Gutter Folta. This name belongs to the land bordering the Spaldrick road as […]

Yon’s Well (152) – Port Erin

Information Yon’s Well, Port Erin.  John’s Well. Per Roeder, the well is named after one John Maddrell. Reference W Walter Gill, A Manx Scrapbook, 1929 Location South of the Darragh and east of Ballahowe. See link below as it is shown on the OS.  It is not known if the well still exists. Access Unknown. Links […]

Chibbyr Barraharstal (9) – Patrick

Information Chibber Barraharstal, at the South end of Traie Harstal, Big Bay, Patrick. Situated at the top of the barry or inlet for boats to cut through the rocks. Remote from all dwellings, it is used exclusively by fishermen. Harstal is the “Fheustal” of the Ordnance map. Reference W Walter Gill, A Manx Scrapbook, 1929 […]

Chibbyr y Chiarn (23) – Ballaugh/Slieau Curn

Information Chibbyr y Chiarn, Glen Dhoo, Ballaugh and/or Slieau Curn.  Lord’s Well. Chibber y Chiarn, at the head of Glen Dhoo, Ballaugh. A native of the Glen, aged 84, recalls a custom of visiting this well on Old Midsummer Day, casting money into it, and “putting pieces of patchwork round it.”  The water was good […]

Hanover St/Lord St (210) – Douglas

Information Brick-lined well Hanover Street/Lord Street, Douglas. Possibly an 18th century well.  Mr J. C. Bregazzi, Borough Surveyor, recorded the discovery of a brick-lined well in March 1953 in the course of excavating for a new trunk sewer between Hanover Street and Lord Street close to the Wheatsheaf Inn.  His record includes a sketch showing […]

Laxey (209) – Sewage, Wells & Water Supply

In 1902, and under order of the Local Government Board, a public inquiry was held regarding the provision for the disposal of sewage and the supply of water for domestic purposes within the village district of Laxey.  Below is an extract of a newspaper article of the proceedings which includes discussion on some of the […]

Chibbyr Aspick (208) – Peel

Information Chibbyr Aspick, Peel Castle, Peel.  Bishop’s Well. Improvements lately made at Peel Castle, furnished by an esteemed correspondent who takes a loving interest in the work of its preservation. The Preservation Committee has been actively employed during the present summer in extending the explorations and furthering the improvemetns at Peel Castle. They commenced operations […]

Chibbyr Vael (118) – Michael

Information Chibbyr Vael, Kirk Michael.  St Michae’s Well. Situated in the angle formed by the junction of the Awin Dhoo with the Sulby river, near Druidale farm, Michael. Reference 1) W Walter Gill, A Manx Scrapbook, 1929 2) Note:  In relation to Carn Vael (Michael’s Cairn), Gill also states in the same publication, ‘The well […]

The Monks’ Well (207) – Ballasalla

Information The Monks’ Well, Silverdale Glen, Ballasalla From reading some early 20th century newspaper articles, it appears the well had fallen into disuse and must have been in a poor state, so much so it is reported as being ‘discovered’ in 1902.  Today it is in much better shape and is regularly visited.     […]

Billy McLean’s Well (199) – Ramsey

Information Billy McLean’s Well, rear of Waggett’s Yard, Church Street, Ramsey. Discovery in King Street – Well Uncovered in Excavations During excavations in the King Street area last Friday, workmen came across an old well and attached to it was a wooden pipe about 12 ft. in length which possibly dates back 200 years. The […]

Wishing Well (206) – Douglas

Information Wishing Well, Loch Promenade, Douglas. Following the successful installation of a Wishing Well by the Rotary Club of Perth in Australia, where the coins dropped into the well were collected and the funds distributed between local charities, in 1955 the Rotary Club of Douglas adopted the ‘Wishing Well’ idea as its effort to celebrate […]

Chibbyr Pherick (204) – Peel Hill

Chibbyr Pherick, Peel Hill, Patrick. (St Patrick’s Well). The Holy Well is said to be the first well, or water, where the first Christian was baptized in the Island, and was for ages resorted to as a healing well, and latterly it was called the Silver Well on account of the small silver coins that […]

Chibbyr Pherick (aka Big Well) (120) – Peel

Information Chibbyr Pherick (aka the Big Well), Station Road, Peel. …There used to be another Holy Well at the top of Peel Harbour, near the railway station. It was closed about forty years ago; Mrs. Caley’s house now stands over it. Chibbyr ‘Parick’, Patrick’s Well, was better known as the Big Well. Before the days […]

Dub ny Merroo (131) – Bride

Information Dub ny Merroo (aka Dub ny Marroo), Bride.  Pool of the Dead. Bayr ny Merroo, ‘Road of the Dead,’ passes from the neighbourhood of Shellack Point to Keeill Vreeshey, Kirk Bride.  It was the customary route for funerals. On reaching a spot called Dub ny Merroo, on Lamb Hill, the bier was laid down […]

Spooyt Phaddy (124) – Lonan

Information Spooyt Phaddy (or Fhaddy), Lonan.  Paddy’s Spout. Dated April, 1925, the following, by Rev Canon Quine, is an extract from a report on an archaeological excavation at a tumulus near Chibbyr Pherrick, Lonan: Chibbyr Pherrick means the Well of Patrick. In past generations it was much frequented for cures. It is a perennial spring […]

Chibbyr Baltane (10) – Rushen

Information Chibbyr Baltane, Rushen. Lovely video below by Culture Vannin on the rediscovery of Chibbyr Baltane.  This important well was visited by our ancestors for healing through the centuries but had disappeared for some years and in this instance, it probably occurred because people no longer visited and tended the well resulting in the tradition […]

Castletown Pump (200) – Malew

Information This sketch is by John Flower (artist of Leicester) 1793-1861, ‘Castletown, Isle of Man, N.D.’ No other information is known. Click on the photograph to see it full size. (text and sketch source: imuseum.im) Contact If you have any information on this well please contact me and quote well record number (200) as this […]

Village Pump (201) – Andreas

Information There is a photograph on the imuseum dated 1935 titled Andreas village pump and School House. There is also the following text:  The village pump was removed by the Highway Board when the road was improved. Location The well no longer exists. Access The well no longer exists. Links NLS OS 6″ Sheet III […]

Ballacross Well (7) – Arbory

Information Ballacross Well, Arbory.  Ballacross is the name of a farm which took its name from the siting of a cross. On the estate of Ballabeg, in the parish of Malew, is the foundation of a keeill, the interior of which is 21 feet by 12 feet. The entrance, about 2 feet wide, is in […]

Chibbyr Pherick (95) – Lonan

Information Chibber Pherick, on Lhergey Grawe, East side of Glen Roy, Lonan.  (St) Patrick’s Well. Manx folklore is full of tales of fairies, brownies, and phynodderrees, and the influence these mythical beings exert on ordinary individuals. Those who wish to be specially favoured by the tiny fraternity must strictly conform to certain well-known rules, or […]

Chibbyr Drine (38) – Malew

Information Chibbyr Drine, Malew.  Thorn Tree Well. A spring of fresh water about half a mile North of Langness farmhouse, Malew, on the margin of high-water mark. Its name suggests votive offerings, but I have heard of none. It is certainly not an ordinary domestic well. (text source: W Walter Gill, A Manx Scrapbook (1929) […]

Chibbyr Unjin (130) – Malew

Information Chibbyr Unjin (Ash Tree Well) or Chibbyr Undin (Foundation Well), Grenaby, Malew.  It is usually referred to as Chibbyr Unjin. It will be of service if I put on record, for future reference, one or two facts relative to the Keeill and the Chibbyr. According to Mr Kermode’s List of Antiquities, the Keeill, which […]

Old Well(?) (188) – Tromode

Information Old Well (?), Tromode, Douglas. This record is sourced from the imuseum in relation to a sketch by John Miller Nicholson in 1867.  The text on the sketch has been interpreted as ‘…old well…’ but the writing looks more like ‘…old mill…’. Location Location Unknown. Access Location unknown. Links Sketch on imuseum.im. Contact If […]

Ballakinnag Well (187) – Ballaugh

Information Ballakinnag Well, Ballaugh. There is a catalogue entry on the imuseum which states Notes on stepped well at Ballakinnag Farm, Ballaugh, collected by M. Quilliam and C. Quilliam. Date(s): February 1954. The record is a two-page document which also mentions a wishing well and a sketch of a well.  As the document has not […]

Chibbyr Vreeshey (186) – Marown

Information Chibbyr Vreeshey, Marown.  (St) Bridget’s Well “There was mention of a well, Chibbyr Vreeshey, in the field below, that had an association with the keeill and until the twentieth century used to draw people from all over the Island on account of its healing properties.  I found this information from a newspaper article in the […]

Glencrutchery Well (53) – Conchan

Information Glen Crutchery Well, Conchan. “So you have not heard what the Mooayer-ny-Booiagh does?” said the old lady; “then I will tell you. There was a servant girl at Bemahague, and the mistress wanted her to go to Glen Crutchery Well to get a can of water before daylight, and afterwards she was to be […]

Chibbyr Vreeshey (144) – Douglas

Information Chibbyr Vreeshey, Douglas.  St Bridget’s Well. Many extraordinary properties were ascribed to the Nunnery Well, dedicated to St. Bridget, but as Waldron (in 1731) says, it was, “of late suited to dry up”. Water was taken from the sacred well for baptismal purposes in connection with the parish church and St Bridget’s Chapel. The […]

Chibbyr Karrin (173) – Lezayre

Information Chibbyr Karrin, The Corrody.  Karrin or (St.) Ciaran’s well. This well adjoins the little church on Corrody farm, which was probably dedicated to a St. Ciaran, of whom there were many. But two ot these saints were more distinguished than the others, St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise and St. Ciaran of Ossory. It is significant […]