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In England there is a destination, called Petrifying Well of Knaresborough, that attracts millions of tourists over the years. It is a well which gives objects a stone-like appearance. If an object is placed into such a well and left there for a period of months or years, the object acquires a stony exterior.
This ancient well, formerly known as the Dropping Well, is believed to be the only one of its kind in England.
“At the time Mother Shipton was born, Knaresborough townsfolk believed the well to be magic and never ventured near it. They had seen small twigs, leaves and perhaps a dead bird turned to stone in the well’s falling waters”.
Why Is the Petrifying Well of Knaresborough Strange?
If an object is placed into such a well and left, there for a period of weeks or months the object acquires a stony exterior. At one time this property was believed to be a result of magic or witchcraft, but it is a wholly natural phenomenon and due to a process of evaporation and deposition in waters with an unusually high mineral content.
This process is really strange, that is why it attracts so many people’s attention.
One of the most famous examples of petrifying wells in England are the spring at Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough and Matlock Bath, in Derbyshire, while in Ireland, such wells were noted by John Rutty on Howth Head, among other locations.
The Knaresborough petrifying well was first opened to the public in 1630 and still amazes people by its capacities to this day.
For many centuries, locals thought that this Petrifying Well was cursed by the devil – a myth fueled by the fact that the side of the well looks like a giant’s skull. They constantly lived with the fear that if they touched the well’s water, they would be turned to stone too.
Source: www.mothershipton.co.uk, Wikipedia