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Sacred Springs

18 19 The peaceful and picturesque village of Bisley stands high on the Cotswold Hills and the delightful well house is to the south of the church. Rev. Thomas Keble restored the wells in 1863, and introduced the custom of well dressing on Ascension Day. This well is one of the growing number of wells to be decorated in this way. The well house ranks as one of the most attractive and unusual in Britain. The ornate semicircular structure has five spouts of water issuing into the trough. At either end two more spouts flow, bringing the total to seven. Seven is a sacred number and often occurs in rituals at wells. Above the wells is an inscription O YE WELLS, BLESS YE THE LORD PRAISE HIM AND MAGNIFY HIM FOREVER. There is also an unusual wellcross in the churchyard above, which in one tradition is identified as a lantern or poor souls light. It is said that the well below was filled in after a priest fell down it and drowned. The rather gruesome name for this handsome monument is the Bonehouse. Ladys Well at Hempsted, near Gloucester, has a well chapel with a fine position overlooking the Severn and, further west, St Anthonys Well, near Micheldean, has a large bathing pool used for curing skin diseases. SEvEN WEllS Bisley, Gloucestershire
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