On Saturday the 27th February 2010. I attended the annual, Wolverhampton Local History Symposium at Bantock House Museum.
The illustrated talks were well researched, diverse and informative, and all of the speakers were excellent; it was a most enjoyable day. Later, during the final discussion a question was put to the panel by a former lady speaker regarding Wulfruna’s Well.
She was of a belief that there must be more historic content to be uncovered regarding this memorial with its illustrious title, and had once heard that waters drawn from it at one time, had a therapeutic value for the treatment of the eyes.
I myself hadn’t heard or ever seen any evidence of this, but what surprised me, was that many present had not even heard of the ‘Well’, or its whereabouts, mind you those present weren’t all Wulfrunians.
So here is a small clip regarding this memorial and its whereabouts from one of my talks regarding this ancient area around Gorsebrook, later home to the Great Western Railway works, the E.C.C. and of course the Wolverhampton Gas Works.
If you are still unsure of this location as shown on the above picture to take the photograph today, the happy snapper would be standing with his back to Macdonalds Burger bar looking across stafford Road.
Now toward the latter part of the 19th century most of the land in Gorsebrook was in the ownership of Mr Alexander Staveley Hill, on part of which the Dunstall Park Company opened their new race course. The front entrance of which stood opposite the site of the old well.
It was entitled – A forgotten icon from the past
The Lady Wulfrun is noted as having endowed the Collegiate church of Wolverhampton with a Dean and Prebendaries and giving her name to the town; Wulfrun’s Heanton (High Town). Often known as “Wulfruna’s Well”, it started life as a drinking fountain.
The inscription on it says that it is “In remembrance of the Lady Wulfruna A.D. 994”. It was given to the town by Alexander Staveley Hill of Oxley Manor in 1891. The tap and drinking cup are long gone. So no water, no tea , but as seen on this picture from the past, someone left the kettle.
Twenty years or so ago, someone must have brought the plight of the Old Well, to the attention of the Council, for here it is all spruced up and surrounded by railings when I last viewed it in 2008.
So about the ‘Well’ – About its history – Whad’ya know? Whad’ya say? Perhaps you have some more information on the Well that you would like to share in the forum?