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Bridewell Springs (1 & 2)

Between Bratton and Lowewr Westbury Roads., Westbury.

NGR:ST 89129 51866
WGS84:51.26584, -2.15720
Length:0 m
Depth:0 m
Altitude:Not recorded
Tags:Rising
Registry:wbc

Two springs in a deep bramble filled hollow are shown on OS maps approximately 20m apart. The first is at ST8912951866 and the second to the east is at ST8914351864.

Alternate Names: Brudewelle, Breddel Spring, Briddle Spring

Notes: These are two of the many springs between Westbury and Bratton that are located at the foot of the steep escarpment that borders Salisbury Plain. Historically, it may have been considered a sacred spring with a fertility aspect. the spring is recorded in documents as early as 1341 when it is known as Brudewelle.

Local folklore suggests that that when the church clock in Bratton strikes midnight, the Westbury White Horse horse goes down to the springs to drink.

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This entry was last updated: 2021-04-26 11:54:52

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