I had read of Eas Well in Charlotte Burne’s 1883 book ‘Shropshire Folk-Lore" and in the l980’s Jessie Hanson, who lived in Milford as a child, took me to Eas Well, as her father had previously taken her there, so that its position would not be forgotten.
“ The Eas Well at Baschurch, in a field beside the river Perry, a mile west of the church, was frequented till twenty years ago by young people who went there on Palm Sunday to drink sugar-and-water and eat cakes. A clergyman who was present in 1830 speaks of seeing little boys scrambling for the lumps of sugar, which escaped from the glasses and floated down the brook, which flows from the spring into the river. At that time the gentry of the neighbourhood still visited the little Wake, but they had ceased to do so before it was discontinued. The young men had a jumping contest, both ‘high jump’ and ‘long jump,’ the winner becoming the champion jumper for the year. No prize was offered, but ‘the honour of the thing’ was eagerly coveted, and the marks of the jumping are still visible on the ground.”
Palm Sunday was also celebrated at Pontesbury Hill. Cakes were baked for “going Palming”, and on P331, it says that they “race down the hill to the Lyde Hole where a little brooklet, which winds down a lovely narrow glen on the eastern side of the hill, suddenly turns and falls into a basin-like hollow at the foot of steep walls of rock forming a deep circular pool, of which folk used to say as there was no bottom to it. Who ever could run at full speed from the top of the hill down the steep side of the Hole and dip the fourth finger of his right [left?] hand into the water, would be certain to marry the first person of the opposite sex whom he or she happened to meet”.
To see the remains of the Eas Well, go down Mill Lane, across the Iron Bridge, up the hill to the fenced concrete `thing` - don`t get stuck in the mud where the spring water is still finding its way to the Perry..
|This a village spring in Owermoigne, Dorset, but it was the sort of enclosure that might have been round the Eas Well, so that people could dip their bucket in to collect water without getting their feet wet.|
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