St. James's Well

Dublin Core


St. James's Well

Description of Well Item Type Metadata

1 Name of well and saint

St James’s Well

2 Townland, County, GPS

St James’s Ward, Dublin

3 Physical description of well and its surroundings

Branigan records that “St James’s Well was located outside the walls of medieval Dublin, and just beside the original St James’s Gate, which took its name from the well. The Obelisk Fountain on St James’s Street is the reputed site of the well” (Branigan 2012: 82).

5 Pattern day

"It was the site [of] a significant pattern and was the starting point in Dublin for pilgrimages to the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. It was the tradition in living memory to carry coffins three times around the fountain before burial in the nearby St James’s graveyard, probably a relic of an old custom associated with the holy well” (Branigan 2012: 82).

9 Publications

Branigan, Gary. 2012. Ancient and Holy Wells of Ireland. Dublin: The History Press Ireland.