Monks Well BMO W NO359247 1 352 15m
Wards Well 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn
Monks Well 1888 x 1914 OS 6 inch 1st revision
Sc or SSE monk + Sc wall or SSE well
It may be that the 1850s form, Wards Well, is a temporary aberration, and that the name had earlier been Monks Well; on the other hand the name Monks Well, for which the earliest form we have is 1888 × 1914, may have been a late- nineteenth-century coining inspired by its proximity to the ruins of Balmerino Abbey. OS Name Book 33, 13 gives no explanation of the name Wards Well.
This place-name appeared in printed volume 4