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/

 

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.”