Laneast, Cornwall, England

Cross on Laneast Downs

St. Sidwell's Well

Below the church there is a valley in which you will find St. Sidwell or Jordan’s Well, which is regarded as a wishing well or for divination, then later to make butter in. Jordan's Well is dedicated to St. Sidwell, who was martyred in Exeter by Celtic peasants - a scythe was used to behead her.


The beautiful little well is in picturesque surroundings, but is now sadly behind a locked gate due to inconsiderate persons using metal detectors digging up the bottom of the well in search of treasures.


For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe.


Visitor Information

Laneast (Cornish: Lanneyst) is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England.

It lies above the River Inny valley, about six miles west of Launceston.

Pictured left is a Cross on Laneast Downs courtesy of Derek Harper. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.