‘Of the High Peak are seven wonders writ. Two fonts, two caves. One pallace, mount and pit.’
St. Ann’s Well was called a “wonder” by famous philosopher Thomas Hobbes, and by poet, Charles Cotton. The Well has a colourful history. It was both a pagan shrine surrounding the cult of St. Anne and then came to belong to a chapel which was closed by Thomas Cromwell during Henry VIIIth’s reign. It has also been noted for its “healing” qualities attracting the attention of then prisoner of Chatsworth House Mary Queen of Scots.