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Running Well, RUNWELL, Chelmsford District, TQ75119657, Potential Local Geological Site

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Site name: Running Well, Runwell.

Grid reference: TQ 7511 9657

Brief description of site: An ancient spring that gave its name to the village of Runwell. Also known as Our Lady's Well.

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The Running Well is a ancient spring that gave its name to the village of Runwell. Situated 300 metres south-east of Poplars Farm between Runwell and Rettendon the well still exists and the water is said today to be of good quality. First recorded in Morant's History and Antiquities of Essex in 1768. The well has been described as the only holy well in Essex and there is some evidence that it was once a place of religious worship.

Like many other springs in Essex, the water flows from the junction between the Bagshot Sand and the Claygate Beds.

 

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