Mother Shipton's Petrifying Well

CreativeEm

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Mother Shipton’s Cave (or “Old Mother Shipton’s Cave”) is at Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England, near to the River Nidd. Nearby is a petrifying well, pictured here, which is the oldest entrance-charging tourist attraction in England, open since 1630. The water of the well is rich in sulphate and carbonate which is deposited as a ramp and screen below, and in which artefacts are “petrified” (encrusted/turned to stone) as a tourist attraction. You can see items such as teapots and teddy bears hanging here
The place is associated with the legendary soothsayer and prophetess Mother Shipton (c. 1488 – 1561), born Ursula Southeil, wife of Toby Shipton. According to legend she was born in the cave. The cave and dropping well, together with other attractions, remain open to visitors.
Address: Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Long Walk, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England, HG5 8DD

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