Sun Inn, Spout House, Bilsdale

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Spout House is a 16th century cruck framed farmhouse, named after a nearby spring.
Sun Inn, Spout House, Bilsdale
It became an ale house known as the Sun Inn in 1714
Sun Inn, Spout House, Bilsdale
The new pub opposite the house was built in 1914 and the original Sun Inn closed.Sun Inn, Spout House, Bilsdale
Remarkably the old house was then left undisturbed with its original furniture until 1979 when it was taken over and re-opened by the National Park Authority.
Sun Inn, Spout House, Bilsdale
An upper bedroom gives a view of the A-shaped cruck frame.
Sun Inn, Spout House, Bilsdale
Illustrations from ‘Englands Oldest Hunt’ published in 1907.
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Old Wives Well

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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.