According to the legend, St Winefride's Well first
erupted at the spot where her would-be rapist Caradog cut off her head
with his sword. Restored to life at the prayers of her uncle St Beuno,
Winefride lived as a nun until her second death some 22 years later.
Whatever the exact truth of her legend, Winefride herself was real
rather than legendary, and the extraordinary and enduring personality of
this 7th-century Welsh woman has meant that she has been venerated as a
saint ever since the moment of her death. Since that time, too, her
Well at Holywell has been a place of pilgrimage and healing – the only
such place in Britain with a continuous history of public pilgrimage for
over 13 centuries.
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