Liskeard, Cornwall, England

St Martin's Well

St. Martins Well

St. Martins Well is located in Well Lane and is also known more in modern times as Pipe Well. Some argue that this well is the probable reason for building a settlement at Liskeard. Its first written mention dates from the 14th century and is referred to in old documents as "The Well of Lyskiret " or "The Well of St Martins".


The water of the well is fed by four springs and apparently has never been known to run dry. Like most Cornish wells, it is meant to bring luck in matrimony and it was also believed to possess miraculous healing powers and would cure "weak eyes".


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


Visitor Information

Liskeard (Cornish: Lyskerrys) is an ancient stannary and market town in southeast Cornwall, England.

Liskeard is situated approximately 20 miles west of Plymouth and 12 miles east of Bodmin.

Pictured left is St. Martins Well or Pipe Well courtesy of Derek Harper. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.