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Anchorite Well, Kendal
runs into:-    Cock Beck

Anchorite Well
Street:-   Anchorite Fields (in area of) 
locality:-   Kendal
civil parish:-   Kendal (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   locality
locality type:-   well
locality type:-   spring
locality type:-   building/s (once) 
coordinates:-   SD51409193
1Km square:-   SD5191
10Km square:-   SD59

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 38 8) 
placename:-  Anchorite's Well
placename:-  Anchorite's House
source data:-   Maps, County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.
"Anchorite's Well / Anchorite's House"

evidence:-   old map:- Speed 1611
placename:-  Ankeriche, The
source data:-   Map, hand coloured engraving, The Countie Westmorland and Kendale the Cheif Towne, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, by John Speed, 1610, published by George Humble, Popes Head Alley, London, 1611-12.
image  click to enlarge
"1[2] The Ankeriche"
small building and an enclosure of trees 
item:-  Armitt Library : 2008.14.5
Image © see bottom of page

evidence:-   database:- Listed Buildings 2010
placename:-  Anchorite Well
source data:-  
courtesy of English Heritage
source data:-  
courtesy of English Heritage
"Spring, associated with a medieval hermit. Coursed, squared rubble enclosure wall (c4 ft high on south and west sides) possibly partly medieval. Spring originally 6-7 ft deep; filled up to within 6 ins of surface in late C20."

The ginnel opposite the gates of Holy Trinity Church, Kendal, leads to an area where members of the Anchorite Order lived in cells. One of these was Julian de Clifford; guilty of murder, he went to fight in The Crusades, in the Holy Land, to atone for his sin. He joined the order on his return.
An alternative story is that a man who lost the love of a Lady Blanche went off to the Crusades to forget. When he came back he lived near here in a beehive cell, and used the water to cure leprousy and other diseases.
The spring feeds Cock Beck.

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