Downing Dell

To the rear of the hall is an intriguing area called Downing Dell, so named after its centre piece - the ancient Downing Well known as a wishing well, once boasted a grotto type hood of stone construction. Adjacent to the well is an ancient, forked Yew tree, which is believed was used in ancient times to pass a baby or person through as a magical cure. The area is also crossed by a number of ley lines and has the feeling of being a special place. The position is marked by a large piece of limestone with an inverted heart shaped hole through its centre. The rising spring water from the well overflows into a small race and runs into an ancient bathing or plunge pool. From there the water is channelled into the stream at a point below where the stream exits a tunnel of some 75 yards in length.