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Higgons Well

A Scheduled Monument in Uzmaston, Boulston and Slebech (Uzmaston, Boulston a Slebets), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.797 / 51°47'49"N

Longitude: -4.9574 / 4°57'26"W

OS Eastings: 196167

OS Northings: 215067

OS Grid: SM961150

Mapcode National: GBR CL.XWJN

Mapcode Global: VH1RM.1327

Entry Name: Higgons Well

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2740

Cadw Legacy ID: PE430

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Holy Well

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Uzmaston, Boulston and Slebech (Uzmaston, Boulston a Slebets)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of the remains of a holy well, possessing religious significance and great repute during the medieval period from which it dates. It consists of rectangular vaulted building of millstone grit measuring 3m in length, 2.5m in width and 2m in height to the vault top. The building covers the well, a rectangular pool fed from a stream to the east which then exits through an arched entranceway on the west side of the building. Contiguous with the east gable are the ruined north and east walls of what was probably a small associated chapel.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the organisation and practice of Christianity. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. A holy well may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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