The natural scientific processes that shape how our world forms and grows can be a very interesting thing to observe. It doesn’t take much to do it, you literally have to step outside. I feel that is what makes being in nature so rewarding and freeing. You are seeing our world the way it was meant to be. There are many oddities that occur in nature that are extremely fun to explore as well. Things that leave you scratching your head and wondering how it’s possible this occurs in our natural world. One of these that has been fascinating people since all the way back in 1630 when it was first opened to the public is Mother Shipton’s Cave. Check out what has been drawing people to this place for hundreds of years!
Originally called “The Dropping Well”, it was opened to the public back in 1630. This is a drawing of the spring from the 1750’s. As centuries went by, people began noticing some strange things happening to anything that came in contact with the water from the spring. The items would seem to become petrified, or turned to stone. Because of this, many people felt that they too would turn to stone if they came in contact with the water.
The spring is also said to have been home to an ancient evil that came in the form of the daughter of a prostitute. According to the legend, Mother Shipton (also known as Ursula Southeil) was born in the cave by a local prostitute. Oh, and people also though she was the devil! Her physical hideousness was said to be proof of her demonic origin. Legend also says that she predicted the Spanish Armada, Great Fire of London in 1666, and the invention of cell phones!
Even with that fascinating story, most of the attention that the spring gets is because of the properties of the water. The water from the spring actual contains large amounts of soluble limestone. When the water touches something, the limestone deposits start to build up. Overtime, it effectively turns everything in its path into stone. People have been hanging items under the limestone rich water for decades. A man’s top hat and a women’s bonnet from the 1850’s are still there to this day.
Someone even left a bicycle under the water to let it be turned to stone and reclaimed by nature.
It almost looks like an art piece that someone set up purposefully.
Teddy bears are also a popular item to be hung from the limestone wall. The porous nature of many of the objects that are left behind makes it easier for the limestone to solidify the objects.
Though it is fun to believe these waters hold some sort of magic powers, science has been able to give us an educated answer to this natural occurrence. It’s really amazing that this wall took thousands of years to form.
This is a view from the top of the mineral rich natural spring.
It’s amazing something like this exists and I’ve never heard about it. I can only imagine what viewing the spring was like before science gave us a rational answer about the processes occurring. You really would have no other explanation than a supernatural one. I mean water turning things to stone really does sound like something straight out of a children’s book. So if you’re ever in England and are trying to think of things to fill your time, check out this quirky little spring and see what all the fuss is about.
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