Lady Anne’s Well and Howley Hall: a new guided walk from Heritage Education

The largest section of upstanding masonry at Howley Hall

The largest section of upstanding masonry at Howley Hall

Are you looking to book a guided walk for your local history group? Then this new guided walk from Heritage Education could be exactly what you’re looking for. The walk t focuses on a small area of greenbelt between Morley, Batley and Soothill (West Yorkshire, UK). It’s a very small area but packed with folklore and historic incident including the ruins of Howley Hall , what might be the remains of Lady Anne’s Well and the story of how Nevison the highwayman slew Fletcher a local innkeeper.

To find out more about the walk click here.

To read a detailed account of Lady Anne’s well, click here.

The Mystery of Lady Anne’s Well

This railway cutting destroyed Lady Anne’s well but the water still flows down this cascade.

This railway cutting destroyed Lady Anne’s well but the water still flows down this cascade.

Lady Anne’s Well at Howley (West Yorkshire UK) is named after Lady Anne Savile who was reputedly savaged to death by wild animals there. In the 19th century, it was also the site where the locals gathered to drink the waters of the spring that reputedly ran in a multitude of colours at six in the morning.

Yet what we know about Lady Anne is remarkably small. Most of the ‘facts’ are nothing of the sort and the first record we have of her well being visited on a Palm Sunday occurs 150 years after she died.

So what’s it all about? Click here to find out more.

Pontefract Castle Walk now available for booking.

Inner gateway, Pontefract Castle

Inner gateway, Pontefract Castle

Are you the events secretary for a local group looking to give your members and an informed view of local history? Then this is just what you are looking for. This walk into the past takes you from Anglo-Saxon times to the birth of the liquorice industry in Pontefract. Its focus is the massive royal castle of Pontefract and some of the major events in the history of northern England.

The Royal Apartments, Pontefract Castle

The Royal Apartments, Pontefract Castle

Such events as the death of Richard II have become part of the public consciousness thanks to Shakespeare but how much do we really know? Then there’s the Insurrection known as the Pilgrimage of Grace, an event now only remembered by historians, but it could have brought down the government of Henry VIII. And then there are the three sieges and the eventual destruction of the Castle during the English Civil War.  If you like ruins with a history, this one really is for you.

For a full description of the walk and details of how to book a session for your group, click here.