Pilgrimage Part 3: St James Church

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This is St James the Apostle’s Church in Holywell, North Wales. [Holywell is named after the Holy Well of St Winefride.]  

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THE INTERIOR SACRED POOL AT ST WINEFRIDE’S WELL

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THE EXTERIOR BATHING POOL AT  THE WELL

The church is situated on a hillside overlooking St Winefride’s Well,  and adjacent to St Winefride’s Well Chapel.

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The tower is fourteenth century.  The rest of the church mostly dates from the eighteenth century.

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The interior of the church is pervaded by a sense of peace and tranquility. 

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 The church is said to have been founded by St Beuno in the 7th Century,and was dedicated to his neice, St Winefride, for many centuries. 

It was re-dedicated to St James the Apostle in the eighteenth century, after substantial restoration.

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Link to Pilgrimage Part 1:

https://isabellarosephotography.net/2016/08/12/a-pilgrimage-to-st-winefrides-holy-well-part-1/

Link to Pilgrimage Part 2:

https://isabellarosephotography.net/2016/08/31/pilgrimage-part-2-st-winefrides-holy-well-chapel/

Pilgrimage Part 2: St Winefride’s Holy Well Chapel

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St Winefride’s Well Chapel is located in Holywell, Flintshire, North Wales.

The 15th Century chapel was built over the Well, with its crypt providing the vaulted arch ceiling to the Well chamber.

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The chapel stands adjacent to St James’s church.

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It was thought to have been built by order of Lady Margaret Beaufort (Lady Stanley, mother of Henry VII).

The chapel is kept locked but the key can be obtained for a £5 returnable deposit, from the custodian at St Winefride’s Holy Well Visitor Centre.

Link to Pilgrimage Part 1:

https://isabellarosephotography.net/2016/08/12/a-pilgrimage-to-st-winefrides-holy-well-part-1/

Link to Pilgrimage Part 3:

https://isabellarosephotography.net/2016/08/31/pilgrimage-part-3-st-james-church/

 

A Pilgrimage to St Winefride’s Holy Well [Part 1]

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St Winefride’s Holy Well, with St James Church rising up behind.

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The spring itself is housed in a Well Chamber that forms the basement to St Winefride’s Chapel.

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THE STAR-SHAPED HOLY WELL IN THE WELL CHAMBER

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THE INTERIOR OF ST WINEFRIDE’S SACRED WELL

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A spring wells up in the sacred well pool in the Well Chamber below the Chapel of St Winefride’s

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THE MEDIAEVAL VAULTED CEILING ABOVE THE WELL

The waters flow from the Well Chamber to an outdoor bathing pool.

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THE OUTDOOR BATHING POOL WITH THE MUSEUM IN THE BACKGROUND

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ST WINEFRIDE AND ST BEUNO – PRAY FOR US

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THE SHRINE IN THE SMALL CHAPEL

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LIGHTING CANDLES IN THE CHAPEL

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STATUE OF ST WINEFRIDE

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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

http://www.saintwinefrideswell.com/

 

Link to pilgrimage Part 2:

https://isabellarosephotography.net/2016/08/31/pilgrimage-part-2-st-winefrides-holy-well-chapel/

Link to Pilgrimage Part 3:

https://isabellarosephotography.net/2016/08/31/pilgrimage-part-3-st-james-church/

Saint Tysilio’s Church, Llangollen

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And the beautiful stained-glass windows

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This ancient church is dedicated to the sixth century saint, St Tysilio.

Tradition says that there has been a place of worship on this site since then.

 The present church was built in the year 1180 and, at various times, has been repaired and renovated.

The font is said to date from the fourteenth century.

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The oak panelling above the sanctuary also dates from the fourteenth century.

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The glass in the narrow window dates from 1460, the lower figure is James the Greater.

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A beautiful blessing in the information leaflet reads:

“May your visit to this ancient church, hallowed by the prayers of many centuries, remain in your memory.

Into the gracious mercy and protection of God we commit you and yours.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, and give you peace and happiness as you go on your way.”

Welsh Castles: Caernarfon Castle

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERACaernarfon Castle is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynydd, North-West Wales.

King Edward Ist of England conquered Wales in 1277 and set about fortifying the rebellious area of  North Wales. He began work on the strategically important Caernarfon Castle in 1283, when the Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, mounted an uprising.

The site enabled Edward to control traffic along the Menai Strait – a very important objective for his continued supremacy in the area.

There was a motte-and- bailey castle [a fortification with a wooden or stone keep, situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade] in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward began replacing it with the current stone structure. The Edwardian town and castle acted as the administrative centre of North Wales and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale.

There was a deliberate link with Caernarfon’s Roman past – nearby is the Roman fort of Segontium – and the castle’s walls are reminiscent of the Walls of Constantinople.

Caernarfon Castle was neglected until the 19th century when the state funded repairs. It is part of the World Heritage Site “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd“.

In 1911, Caernarfon was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales for the first time. He later became King Edward V111. In 1969 the precedent was repeated with the investiture of  Charles, Prince of Wales.

Caernarfon castle is a beautiful castle and well-worth a visit.  

A Surprise Visit to the Marble Church

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St Margaret’s Church, also known as the Marble Church, was built between 1856 and 1860,  and is located just off the A55 Expressway [Junction 25]. The church tower stands at 62 metres high and is visible for miles around.

The church was built with a type of limestone resembling porcelain. Expert stonemasons were recruited from around North Wales.  The interior features fourteen kinds of marble from Ireland, England, France and Italy. The Victorian stained-glass windows are stunning.

Immediately to the west of the church is Kinmel camp, which was a military camp located in the grounds of Kinmel Hall.  The camp was used by Canadian troops during the First World War.  The churchyard contains the graves of numerous victims of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919 in the camp.  In total there are 112 Commonwealth service personnel commemorated here from World War 1.

The church is open daily for private prayer and meditation and visitors are very welcome.