Wells come in all shapes and sizes and can be found in remote rural locations, tucked away in an urban street or the focal point of a community. They all have certain characteristics though and offer a collective experience. This section gives a very brief history of the fluctuating fortunes of holy wells; a look at what you might expect to find at a typical site; a general description of the rituals and devotions that might have occurred there; and the sort of cures and healing thatcould be hoped for. A Gazetteer contains basic information about each well visited.