God’s Well

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From Clive: I went up and found God's Well using your new info…. It's a spring, with exceptionally clear water. May or may not have had stonework around it, its hard to know because a tree has fallen on it. Water was gushing out today, though it rained a lot yesterday. No other water sources above it. Took a good drink and now I feel great!


The information we found on this is from the Longfield collection of estate maps for Co.Wicklow, held in the National Library of Ireland. Surveyed 1812 in this case, these maps were mostly commissioned by landlords for the means of managing their estates: measuring land holdings, calculating & recordings rents etc. From a placename perspective, they provide a record of names immediatedly prior to the OS six inch survey that followed and which forms the basis of what are now the standardised versions. In this case the map covers part of what is recorded as Killikabawn and Black Glynn – this is the 'modern' townland of Killickabawn and one may deduce that Black Glynn was a name in use for part of this townland. The townland boundaries changed little here – the Longfield boundaries correspond closely to the present official version, therefore it was possible to accurately identify the site of the feature labelled as Gods Well in the neighbouring townland of Holywell. Interestingly this well, which was obviously of religious significance is not recorded on the OS six inch survey, though the site is described in 1839 by Eugene Curry in the OS Letters for Wicklow.