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Sybil's Well (Marmion's Well)
Sybil's Well (Marmion's Well)
Sybil's Well (Marmion's Well)

Photo credit: Mike Allport/ Art UK

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A well at this location in Branxton is believed to have existed since at least the nineteenth century. It was described in 1911 as being a simple trough below a spring. In 1912 plans emerged to build a fountain at the site. The intention was to commemorate, at a more convenient location, an earlier well commissioned by the Marchioness of Waterford, on Flodden Hill which is romantically associated with Sir Walter Scot's poem 'Marmion'. An appeal was launched to raise £100 but the plan did not materialise. The present well-head dates from around 1935. The quotation inscribed on the face of the well head is from Sir Walter Scott's poem 'Marmion' (Canto 6, stanza XXX) in which the fictional knight, mortally wounded at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, is brought refreshment from a local spring.

Date

1935 (?)

Medium

sandstone & sandstone ashlar

Measurements

H 250 x W 160 x D (?) cm

Accession number

TD12_MA_S029

Acquisition method

commissioned by Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford

Work type

Water fountain, trough or pump

Owner

Ford and Etal Estates

Custodian

Ford and Etal Estates

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Listing date

10/03/88

Access

at all times

Inscription description

DRINK WEARY PILGRIM DRINK AND STAY / REST BY THE WELL OF SYBIL GREY


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Located at

Flodden Hill, Branxton

TD12 4QF

On the public footpath from Blinkbonny to Flodden, on the Ford and Etal estates.