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The tree over this well was decorated with scraps of cloth and other items. This is an archaic Celtic practice, probably meant to placate a local spirit and preserve the water. Lewis delighted in the persistence of such beliefs. He wrote this in a letter about a cottage he rented during a holiday in Antrim:

"I have been in really quiet and almost unearthly spots in my native Ireland. I stayed for a fortnight in a bungalow which none of the peasants will approach at night because the desolate coast on which it stands is haunted by "the Good People". There is also a ghost but (and this is interesting) they don't seem to mind him: the faerie are a more serious danger."