St Winefride's Chapel, Holywell


Baldivis, Australia

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In the late 15th century, Lady Margaret Beaufort had built a chapel overlooking St Winefride’s Well which now opens on to a pool where visitors may bathe.St Winefride’s Well (often spelt "Winifred’s) is a holy well located in Holywell, in Flintshire in North Wales. It is the oldest continually visited pilgrimage site in Great Britain. The healing waters have been said to cause miraculous cures. The legend of St Winefride tells how in 660AD, 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, St. Beuno. The holy 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.After a shrine was established in Shrewsbury around 1138, it and St Winefride’s Well became important pilgrimage destinations. (Wikipedia)

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Architectural Photography Group 22/10/2015
Preserving History Group 30/10/2015
Wales, Rich in Beauty Group 09/11/2015

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