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Sacred Springs

32 33 St Anns Well is found in the centre of Buxton, the highest town in England, set in the beautiful Derbyshire hills. Buxtons springs were known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Peak. St Anns Well takes its name from the mother of the Virgin Mary, who was responsible for miracles of healing. The Romans used the water, as it is a natural thermal spring, though not as hot as the waters at Bath. They named the town Aquae Arnemetiae or Waters of the Goddess of the Grove, taking the name from the minor Celtic deity, Arnemetia. In the eighteenth century the Crescent was erected on the site of the original Roman baths, and Buxton became a thriving spa town. Later additions included a Pump Room, renamed St Anns Well when refurbished in 1912. This attractive building is occasionally accessible at the base of the Slopes. It has a sunken marble well from which water would be dispensed up to the semicircular balcony by an assistant. Next to this building is an everflowing pump of water, inscribed A Well of Living Waters. There are many wells in nearby villages beautiful Tissington with its six delightful, clear wells and Eyam with Mompessons Well, used as an exchange point for food and money at the time of the Great Plague. Also, there is AshfordintheWater with its Sheepwash Well and pumps, Stoney Middleton with its warm springs and the wells of bustling Bakewell. ST ANNS WEll Buxton, Derbyshire
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