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Sacred Springs

26 27 The mysterious Wizards Well is located on mystical Alderley Edge and overlooks the vast expanse of the Cheshire plain. The stone trough of the well is situated under a damp rocky overhang. Above it is carved an enigmatic face, and the words Drink of this and take thy fill For the water falls by the wizards will. The legend tells of a farmer returning from Macclesfield market, where he had been unable to sell his pure white horse. A hooded old man approached him and led him to a rock face where two gates opened at his command. Inside were many warriors asleep with their white horses. The old man said that they needed one more horse, and were willing to pay gold for it. The warriors were waiting for the country to be in need, he said, when they would wake and ride out. The farmer then found himself back out in the darkness, loaded with the gold coins he had been given. No one has been able to find the gates since. The old man, or wizard, has often been identified with Merlin, and the sleeping warriors with King Arthur and his knights, waiting to return. To the west are the isolated St Plegmunds Well at Plemstall, near Mickle Trafford, sadly dry but with rags and shells left as offerings, and boggy St Oswalds Well at Winwick, Warrington. ThE WIzARDS WEll Alderley Edge, Cheshire
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