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Sacred Springs

46 47 St Winefrides Well with its bubbling, clear water is housed in a handsome medieval well chapel in the town of Holywell, also known as the Lourdes of Wales. It is a much visited pilgrimage site, its water used for drinking and bathing. People cured by its water left their crutches and sticks as a sign of its healing power. This is the most notable example of the widespread theme of a well rising where a severed head fell. The legend here tells of Prince Caradoc who, spurned by Winefride, took a sword and beheaded her. Where her head fell a spring gushed up. Her uncle, St Beuno, cursed the prince who was immediately swallowed up by the earth. Beuno then replaced Winefrides head and restored her to life. Statues show the thin cut line round her neck which she bore for the rest of her life. This legend links heads with water sources. At some wells a skull was traditionally used as a drinking cup, in others severed heads were washed, another variation on the theme see page 50. Nearby Near to St Winefridess Well is Beunos Well, Tremeirchion, where water flows out through the mouth of a strange carved head, and St Dyfnogs Well, hidden in the peaceful wood behind Llanrhaeadr church with its impressive stained glass. Further west is the Holy Well of St Celynin, high above the Conwy valley, by the quiet, isolated church of Llangelynin, near Henryd. ST WINEfRIDES WEll Holywell, Clwyd
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