Christian mythology suggests that Chalice Well marks the site where Joseph of Arimathea placed the chalice that had caught the drops of Christ’s blood at the Crucifixion, linking the Well to the wealth of speculation surrounding the existence of the Holy Grail.
The red of the water is said by some Christians to represent the rusty iron nails used at the Crucifixion. It is said that beneath its waters Joseph of Aramithea hid the Chalice of the Last Supper and immediately the waters flowed red.
Legend has it that the water has healing properties, this may be however because it contains iron oxide, which gives it a red tinge.
Last week I was in the area so I went to take a look. It really was the perfect spot to take in the afternoon sun on what was a beautiful spring day, and an ideal opportunity to sample the healing water for myself. You can drink the water for free (there is however a small charge to enter the garden).