The History of Leith

May 11, 2008

Centuries-old source of healing waters in line for restoration

FOR centuries its murky waters were prized by nuns, lepers and royalty alike for their mysterious health-giving powers.

But now the Balm Well, which once survived a destructive visit by Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers, is badly neglected – and contaminated with E.coli bacteria.

But salvation may be at hand, as developers today announced plans to restore the well – historically known as St Catherine’s Oily Well – to its former glory. for more click here

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