Monument details

HER Number:2769
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:St Winefride's Holy Well at Holywell Farm


Holy wells are water sources with specifically Christian associations. The custom of venerating springs and wells as sacred sites is also known to have characterised pre-Christian religions in Britain and, although Christian wells have been identified from as early as the 6th century AD, it is clear that some holy wells originated as earlier sacred sites. The cult of holy wells continued throughout the medieval period. Its condemnation at the time of the Reformation (c.1540) ended new foundations but local reverence and folklore customs at existing holy wells often continued, in some cases to the present day


Monument Types

  • WELL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1018702: St Winefride's Holy Well at Holywell Farm

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