In Wooler, tucked away in a little valley, is a natural spring called the Pin Well or Fairy Well. According to tradition, young people would make a wish and drop a crooked pin into the well. Many years ago there was said to be May Day processions when the towns folk would march from the town to the well, each dropping a crooked pin into the well and making a wish in the belief that before the year was over the fairy who presided over the well would make the wish come true.
Mid-April we ventured down to the well to take a closer look. There was no sign of fairies, but a young rabbit was guarding the well, so perhaps it was the fairy's day off.
Sources and Further Information
Denham Tracts Vol 2, Michael Denham
Monthly Chronicle, July 1888