St. Blaise's Well

St. Blaise's Well

St. Blaise's Well

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St Blaise's Well is a holy well located in the grounds of the old Bishop's Palace (residence of Bishops of the see of Rochester until 1845), now part of Bromley Civic Centre. in Bromley, Kent.

History of the site

It appears that a spring already existed on the site when it was granted to Bishop Eardwulf by King Ethelbert II of Kent around 750 AD. A well was constructed a few hundred yards away from the source and marked with oak trees. Its chalybeate water (containing traces of iron) was reputed to have healing properties.

The well eventually became a place of pilgrimage and an oratory in honour of St Blaise was built close by (Bromley, and the west Kent area in general, was dependent on the wool trade of which Blaise was the patron saint). The site was visited, not only on account of the reputed medicinal properties of the water, but also for the 40 days remittance of penance granted by the Pope to those who on the three holy days of Pentecost (Whitsun and the following two days) made their confession and offered prayers at St Blaise's...
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