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Well Known Local Legends

Magical Well of Newton

The well near the church at Newton, Porthcawl was once called Sandford's Well after a little known Norman knight but later dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

Peculiar Properties

The well's peculiar property of seeming to be empty when the tide on the nearby beach is in and full when the tide is out made local people believe that it had magical properties.

Recent Analysis

In recent years the water has been analysed and found to be no different than water elsewhere; it is now known that the inflow of water from underground springs is affected by subterranean passages with fissures that act like valves. These passages are connected with Newton beach where the fresh water bubbles out and the incoming tide forces up the pressure in the fissures.
The result is that there is a time lag of about 3 hours within the well itself making it appear to act contrarily to the tides. For a long time this apparent phenomenon had puzzled many people - R.D.Blackmore himself was intrigued and wrote...
'It comes and goes, in a manner, against the coming and going of the sea, which is only half a mile from it: and twice a day it is many feet deep, and again not as many inches. And the water is so crystal clear, that down in the dark it is like a dream. - The children are all a little afraid of it... partly because of its maker's name... and partly on account of its curious ways and the sand coming out of its "nostrils" when first it begins to flow'.

Strange Events

Many strange events have taken place around this well.
  • People scouraged themselves there to atone for their sins. It was thought that running water taken from the spring would remain pure and fresh the whole year.
  • If water was taken away and spilled this indicated bad luck; two people were not to wash at the well without first making the sign of the cross.

Local Legend

It was once thought that there had been a church on the site of the well, but this along with several cottages been engulfed by the advancing sand. A local legend says that one day the sea would return to this area and that when this took place it would be possible for a ship to be moored near Clevis Hill.
To prepare for this forthcoming event a sycamore tree was planted near a cottage on top of the hill.
Once a very high tide sent the sea rushing in as far as St.John's well and it was thought that the prophecy was about to be fulfilled.
To date Newtonians have been spared the final outcome of such a prophecy.





Location Map || Newton, Porthcawl, South Wales



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Associated Website Links || Further Reading

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further reading

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R.D. Blackmore Wikipedia
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Legends of Porthcawl and the Glamorgan Coast - Alun Morgan
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Welsh Mythology Wikipedia
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Acknowledgements ||


Bibliography

(1) Bridgend County Borough Council Library & Information Services
(2) Bridgend County Borough Council
(3) Kenfig History Society
(4) Porthcawl Museum & Historical Society

Webpage Author

(1) Mr Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group, 2010.

3rd Party Copyright:

Magical Well of Newton;

Information & illustration - (Legends of Porthcawl and the Glamorgan Coast - Alun Morgan) and part re-published online strictly for educational purposes only - 3rd party copyright © Alun Morgan 1974 (Legends of Porthcawl and the Glamorgan Coast) - (Second Edition (First lithographic reprint 1978, Third Impression 1983 - ISBN 0950447501)
Information edited & sub-edited for online purposes || Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group, 2010
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