PICTURED: The impressive structure adjacet to Hart Well, Hartwell, Bucks.
LOCAL tradition (recorded by RC Hope in his The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England in 1893) says the name arose when Julius Caesar, invading Britain, saw a hart drinking at this site. The water was reputed to cure weak eyes and other complaints such as rheumatism. Today the well still flows and nearby is built a rather curious Egyptian folly that has an hieroglyphic inscription proclaiming the virtues of good living.
Strange Wycombe, detailing legends and folklore of Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, has been out of print for some time but a few copies of the 1991 edition are still available. See Strange Wycombe page for more details.