About a mile west of the town of Jarrow (near Newcastle upon Tyne) there was a well called Bede's Well, to which, as late as 1740, it was a prevailing custom to bring children troubled with any disease or infirmity; a crooked pin was put in it, and the well laved dry between each dipping.
- Hazlitt, W. Carew. (1905). Faith and Folklore. 2 vols. London: Reeves and Turner, p. 1:38.