Old Wives Well

Old Wives Well would once have stood on open moors, but it now hidden in the woods a short distance from the roadside. The name ‘Old Wife’ may imply a prehistoric origin to the site, a Roman Road also runs nearby.
Old Wives Well
The words “NATTIE FONTEIN” are carved into the well, and there are many suggestions as to its meaning, the most commonly quoted is a corruption of ‘Fons Natalis’ a celtic water nymph.
Old Wives Well
The site clearly still carries meaning for some as there ribbons in the trees all around, making this a Clootie well. Whatever your opinion the site certainly has a lot of history, even if its true origins are unclear.

See The Smell of Water for some more detailed research on the site.

Grey Mare Stone, Glaisdale

Grey Mare Stone is a natural boulder that has been used as a boundary marker for many centuries. Although I didn’t spot any particular resemblance in shape to a horse.
Grey Mare Stone, Glaisdale
There are a whole series of dates carved into the rock, 1745, 1774, 1735 RC / RG, 1713, 1799, 1821, 1844 and a much more recent 1979.
Grey Mare Stone, Glaisdale
There’s also an “Egton” with a backward N
Grey Mare Stone, Glaisdale

Many of the dates recorded at the same as Swarth Howe Cross which must mark periods of “beating the bounds