St Winefride’s Holy Well, with St James Church rising up behind.
The spring itself is housed in a Well Chamber that forms the basement to St Winefride’s Chapel.
THE STAR-SHAPED HOLY WELL IN THE WELL CHAMBER
- THE INTERIOR OF ST WINEFRIDE’S SACRED WELL
A spring wells up in the sacred well pool in the Well Chamber below the Chapel of St Winefride’s
THE MEDIAEVAL VAULTED CEILING ABOVE THE WELL
The waters flow from the Well Chamber to an outdoor bathing pool.
THE OUTDOOR BATHING POOL WITH THE MUSEUM IN THE BACKGROUND
ST WINEFRIDE AND ST BEUNO – PRAY FOR US
THE SHRINE IN THE SMALL CHAPEL
LIGHTING CANDLES IN THE CHAPEL
STATUE OF ST WINEFRIDE
The healing waters have been said to cause miraculous cures. The legend of St Winefride tells how, in AD 660, Caradoc, the son of a local prince, severed the head of the young Winefride after she spurned his advances. A spring rose from the ground at the spot where her head fell and she was later restored to life by her uncle, Saint Beuno.
The well is known as “the Lourdes of Wales” and is mentioned in an old rhyme as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. It has been a pilgrimage site since the 7th century. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Winefride%27s_Well]
St Winefride’s Well,
Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7PN, North Wales
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