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47 46 ChALICe weLL GARDeNs the red spring and the white spring the abundant Red spring, delivering 25,000 gallons of water a day, flows out from under chalice Hill and down through the chalice Well gardens. these are owned and managed by a trust, founded by Glastonbury mystic Wellesley tudor Pole in 1959. the redcoloured chalybeate spring, which has never failed, is considered an ancient holy well and its waters are said to have healing properties. one may drink this spring water in the gardens where they flow out from the Lion s Head spout, or in Wellhouse Lane, outside, where the water pours from the wall. opposite, across the road, the clear waters of the White spring flow from under the tor drawing of the Tor below by Nicholas Mann. the chalice Well is often portrayed as a symbol of the female aspect of deity, with the male aspect symbolised by the nearby tor and White spring. the Well is popular with all faiths and was designated a World Peace Garden in 2001. Left The wellhead of the Red Spring has an oak and wrought iron cover in the form of a Vesica Piscis, the symbol associated with Glastonbury by Bligh Bond. Lower down in King Arthur s Courtyard , through which the stream flows, the Vesica symbol is crossed by a sword representing King Arthur s Excalibur. In the lowest part of the gardens the rusty waters pour through vulvic cascades into a pool, once again shaped like the Vesica Piscis. Drawing by Christina Martin. Below Another watery connection The opening of the wool traders Glastonbury canal in 1833.
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