Monday March 19th
I drove over to Thorpe Cloud to take my monthly photo and spent the day driving around the Manifold Valley.
This is a view of Bunster Hill taken from the farm track on the way to Ilam Tops farm. I liked the way that the trees had formed a similar shape to the hill in the background.
St Bertrums’s Well can be found on the side of Bunster Hill. It’s a tumbledown stone structure consisting of a u-shaped stone wall set into the hillside. The well is situated just below the white patch on the far right hand side of this picture.
St Bertram was the son of the Prince of Mercia, the story goes that he fell in love with a Princess while on a visit to Ireland. Bertram brought her back from Ireland and as they were making their way back to the family home in Stafford his wife went into labour and started to give birth, so they were forced to stop in some woods. Bertram went to fetch a midwife, but on their return and to their horror they found that wolves had killed his wife and new born son.
The spot where St Bertram’s well lies is on one of the most powerful Ley-lines in the British Isles, it is 16 miles in length, running from Fool lowe in the High Peak of Derbyshire, going through Arbor Low ending at St Bertram’s well.