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A dip into history and healing at St Dyfnog's Holy Well

We recently had the pleasure of taking a taking a dip in the (very cold) St Dyfnogs well, Llanrhaeadr, North Wales. Saint Dyfnog, born into wealth, chose a simpler life as a monk. He settled in an isolated wooded area with a spring-fed stream and built a small wooden church, now the Church of St Dyfnog at Llanrhaeadr. ๐ŸŒฒโ›ช

The water springs from the hillside, converging into a spa-like pool with steps down for the faithful. Legend has it that St. Dyfnog lived here during the 6th century, performing penance under the torrent of water, clad in a horsehair shirt fastened with an iron belt. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŠ


ย ย ๐ŸŒฟ Healing Waters: In the 16th century, the well was renowned for its 'strong water' capable of curing ailments. Poet Dafydd ap Llywelyn ap Madog even praised its ability to heal his rib pain. Over time, devotion to the saint grew, with many making pilgrimages to bathe and pray, hoping for relief from ailments like skin conditions, arthritis, and rheumatism. ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿฉบ

ย โ›ฒ Most Visited Holy Well: During the Middle Ages, St Dyfnog's Well was considered one of the most visited holy wells, enriching the local area. Pilgrims left donations for the well and the nearby church. St Dyfnog received so many donations that he purchased the exquisite 16th-century Tree of Jesse stained-glass window now in the church. ๐Ÿชถ๐ŸŽจ

ย The 16th and 18th centuries witnessed a surge in popularity, leading to the construction of additional structures, including marble lining in the stone bath and changing rooms. ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ’Ž

ย As time passed, the well and its surroundings fell into neglect, the baths choked up, and the former buildings vanished. ๐Ÿš๏ธ๐Ÿ‚

ย Visiting St Dyfnog's Well: Today, this place remains a beautiful and magical site, attracting pilgrims and even hosting baptisms by some churches. A landscaped woodland path winding over stone bridges still exists. Thanks to a local committee, a remarkable restoration project began in 2012 after a bridge collapse near the well basin. It's now in great condition. ๐ŸŒ‰๐ŸŒฟ

ย If you seek a dip into history, healing, and natural beauty, St Dyfnog's Holy Well awaits your visit. Dunk in, embrace the past, and be a part of its ongoing legacy! ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ๐ŸŒž #StDyfnogsWell #HealingWaters #HistoricDip #RestorationMagic



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