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Subject:

Re: Licorice and Holy Wells

From:

Mara Freeman <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

for students of holy wells and waterlore <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 1 May 2001 10:44:25 -0700

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This thread is very enlightening, as I read years ago (I think in a local
guide for a well near Newport, Dyfed) that "treacle" was probably derived
from "trickle."
I'd always believed this until now -- the explanations put forth here sound
a lot more plausible!



> Alison Maloney will remind us that the treacle well at Binsey is famous
for its
> healing powers still.  I wonder how many others there are?
>
> There's a spring down a lane called Treacle Bolley in Marlborough, for a
start.
> I don't know that the spring has/had any healing powers, and the story
goes that
> the lane got its name from an old boy who used to encourage his horse of
the
> hill above the lane by saying 'get along, old Treacle Belly' - but I would
guess
> that story has been devised to explain the strange name.
>
> Katy
>
> "Gary R. varner" wrote:
>
> > Thanks Stephen and Alison for the info. The information I have read
states
> > that the child would put a stick of licorice and drink the water--it
didn't
> > imply that it was for medicinal purposes, that it was done only on
certain
> > days (solstice I believe) on certain sacred hills and at certain holy
> > wells. At times the well water was used and it sounds like it was a
> > rreligious tradition but also a treat. Some references seem to go back
to
> > the early 18th century. I was curious if this was in some manner related
to
> > an ancient ritual observance or just a geographic pecularity?
> >
> > Can you tell me a bit more about the Liquorice Wells in Oxfordshire?
> >
> > Gary
> >
> > On Thu, 26 Apr 2001 12:18:53 +0100, stephen buckley
> > <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > >According to the 'Illustrated Book of Herbs' (1984), Liquorice has
> > >'expectorant, laxative and antispasmodic actions', 'of value for coughs
and
> > >bronchitis, peptic and duodenal ulcers, and rheumatoid arthritis'; used
to
> > >sweeten and flavour, and as a natural laxative. It was grown in England
> > from
> > >16th C, importantly in the Pontefract area. (Self-medication from the
basic
> > >ingredients, without good knowledge of herbal remedies, is not
> > recommended.)
> > >The roots are cut up to make teas, or powdered in medicines; the
extract is
> > >used to make the sticks. (Does history relate whether the prepared
sticks
> > or
> > >the roots were put into well water?)
> > >
> > >Christine Buckley
> > >
> > >
> > >----- Original Message -----
> > >From: "Alison Maloney" <[log in to unmask]>
> > >To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > >Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 11:22 AM
> > >Subject: Re: Licorice and Holy Wells
> > >
> > >
> > >> Don't know how or why it started but the belief, certainly when the
> > >> practice was taking place at the "Liquorice Wells" in Wychwood
Forest,
> > >> Oxfordshire up to the 1970s was that the water thus created was a
sort of
> > >> internal disinfectant & could be sipped to promote good health.
> > >>
> > >> Alison M.
> > >>
> >
> > Thanks
>
> --
> Katy Jordan
> Faculty Librarian, Engineering & Design
> Library & Learning Centre
> University of Bath
> BATH BA2 7AY
> Tel: 01225-826826 X5612
> -------------------------------------------
> http://www.bath.ac.uk/~liskmj/home.htm
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