New plaque for rediscovered well

The exact location of the well on St.Boniface Down had been lost and forgotten. 

It was re-discovered in 2010 and a plaque has now been installed on a stone monument nearby. 

The well has a long history and many legends surround it. Its association with St.Boniface dates from the year 710, when the saint is reputed to have preached from Pulpit Rock in Bonchurch. 

Young people would gather at the well on the Saint’s Day to garland it with flowers. 

IMAGE: National Trust Ranger Ian Ridett, Hillside Proprietor Gert Bach, who sponsored the plaque, and Richard Downing who recently contributed a history of the well to Wight Studies

Author: Isle of Wight Beacon

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