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St Alkmunds Well, Bath Street, Derby, 1977

Holy Wells in modern England are few. Mercia retains some examples, most of them neglected and little known. One such is St. Alkmund's Well - the last of Derby's Holy wells. It became a site of Christian veneration in the ninth century. Alkmund, younger son of a Northumbrian king, was canonised for his defence of Christianity against the heathen Danes. When invaders threatened the saint's Shropshi…