Buxton Mineral Water has as its source the same geothermal spring that was the source of a well dedicated to the mother of the Virgin Mary.
Walk into a grocery store in Britain, and you can purchase a plastic bottle of Buxton Mineral water. What you might not know is that the water comes from the same spring that fed St. Ann’s Well, a shrine to the mother of the Virgin Mary and a Catholic pilgrimage site.
Since the Roman times, healing properties have been attributed to water from St. Ann’s Well, a geothermal spring in Buxton, Derbyshire in England. When the Romans arrived in Buxton, they built a bath around the spring, which they named Aquae Arnemetiae (The Waters of the Goddess of the Grove).
The well, which taps 5,000-year-old rainwater that traveled across mineral-rich rock, was first mentioned as a holy well by William Worcester around 1460:
“Memorandum that Holywell … makes many miracles, making the infirm healthy, and in winter it is warm, even as honeyed milk.”
According to the website Holy and Healing Wells, it is not clear when the well became dedicated to St. Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary. But by the mid-16th century, it became known for its healing powers, attracting pilgrims in search of cures for their ailments.