Lady Anne's Well

A well on the south-east side the ruins of Howley Hall (between Batley and Morley), of which it is said that annually, on Palm Sunday, the surrounding villagers have for ages been accustomed to resort to drink its waters on account of their supposed preternatural efficacy, for, at six o'clock on that morning it was believed that they assumed different colours. It was at this early hour that the well was visited.

This "Lady Anne" was Lady Anna Villiers, the wife of Savile, Earl of Sussex, resident at Howley Hall. The well is said to have been a favorite haunt of hers.



  • Robinson, C. Clough. (1862). The dialect of Leeds and its neighbourhood. London: J.R. Smith, p. 446.