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Coventina's Well

nr Carrawbrough, Northumberland

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Coventina's Well - or boggy ground

Located behind (to the south west of) Brocolitia Roman Fort, which is just humps and bumps and to the west of The Temple of Mithras.

Coventina's Well

From the car park you go through a field and round behind the fort remains and come across the Temple of Mithras, then there is a path, above left that goes to a stile and this goes into a walled enclosure with a path through, above right, that is very boggy and I think is the location of Coventina's well. This also lines up with the description below from J Collingwood Bruce's Handbook to the Roman Wall.

 "When the area was excavated in 1876, the top was choked with stones. Below came a mass of coins, followed by carved stones, altars, more coins, jars and incense-burners, pearls, brooches and other votive objects in an indiscriminate mass. In total, [John] Clayton retrieved 13,487 coins (four of gold, 184 of silver and the rest of bronze). The well was dedicated to a water-goddess named Coventina." 

Images above and to the left are of from a book of holly wells in England (copyright expired) and show two of the items found at Coventinas Well, these gave it its name.

These were discovered by John Clayton and can be found now in the museum at Chesters Roman Fort,  where most of his finds like this are displayed.

See photo below.

One of the stones above with the edge of the second shown,
photo taken in the museum at
Chesters Roman Fort

Location: Coventina's Well, nr Carrawbrough, Northumberland

Grid Reference: NY858712 Ceremonial County: Northumberland

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap

Getting there: Parking for this is on the side of the B6138 west of Chollerford.

Parking in a layby by the side of the road, unusual in that it has a pay and display meter.

Access: From the layby you can see the humps and bumps of the covered over Roman fort of Brocolitia. Going down the left hand side of the fort, and around behind it, there are no marker signs, you come upon the temple, you will then see the path that leads to the well. The first field I went through had beef cattle and the one the temple and fort were in had sheep. Many  who stopped were not prepared to go through the cattle, and most of the time I was looking around, other then for the workmen pumping out the temple, I was on my own.

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Opening Times: Access at all times, but as you have to pass through fields with livestock its best to do this when its light.

Charges: FREE - but there is for some reason a pay and display machine on the layby.

Nearby Locations: Temple of Mithras      Brocolitia Roman Fort
Other Location Pages: Hadrian's Wall Route Guide

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Page Ref: Coventinas_well Topic: Roman Britain Last Updated: 05/2010


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