MHG39459 - Holy Well, Achscoriclate


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Type and Period (1)

  • HOLY WELL (Undated)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

(ND 0814 4428) St Bridget's Chapel (NR) (rems of)
(ND 0810 4434) Well (NR)
OS 6" map, (1962)

A structureless heap of stones is said to be ruins of of Chapel of St Bridget. It is situated about 100 yds NE of Achscoraclate. A short distance NNW of ruins is a so-called holy well, still in use.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

At this site is a large mound of earth and stones, some 0.7m high, on top of which are a number of large stones set on edge. The stones appear to outline a rectangular structure with a rounded W end, measuring 10.6m E-W by 7.5m transversely. Within this setting is a mutilated area with several large stones scattered about. The well is about 80m NNW of this; it is still in use.
Visited by OS (W D J) 15 April 1961.

The supposed remains of St Bridget's Chapel are as described by previous field investigator. The structure surmounting mound cannot be identified as a chapel; those stones which are exposed and in situ are not typical of such a structure being in most cases set on edge, neither do they conform to any known, recognisable pattern. No historical evidence is obtainable in local libraries; the nearby croft of Achscoriclate is deserted and no one could be found in locality with a knowledge of area.
The well is as described, and usable.
Revised at 1:10560. Visited by OS (N K B) 28 April 1982.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0813 4427 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND04SE
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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