Chibbyr Hidee (58) – Castletown


Chibbyr Hidee, Castletown, Malew.  Tide/Tidal Well.

There are 6 surviving wells at Castle Rushen and in the courtyard is Chibbyr Hidee, said to rise and fall with the tide, like that of Ballig Well in Conchan.

A magical cause seems to have been attributed (to its rising and falling), but since the well – a deep draw-well or çhibber tayrnee – is so close to the harbour, there is no obvious reason why it should not thus fluctuate naturally.


A Manx Scrapbook, W Walter Gill (1929)


Gill later states Chibbyr Hidee is a wishing well.

Walk seven times round it, wishing hard and drop in a coin.


A Third Manx Scrapbook, W Walter Gill (1963)


Chibbyr Hidee is in the courtyard at Castle Rushen, Castletown.  The other five wells are also at the Castle.

Grid reference: SC26517 67464

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Castle Rushen is open to visitors part of the year.  Please check Manx National Heritage website for details.


NLS OS 6″ Sheet XVI Surveyed: 1868 Published: 1870


If you have any information on this well please contact me and quote well record number (58) as this will help identify which well you are referring too.


(All well photographs for this record are courtesy of Lester Townsend and show all, bar one, of the wells at the Castle)