Well Hopper

Exploring the ancient holy wells and healing wells of North Wales

Well Hopper


So what has changed recently?

14.11.2015 – Ffynnon Digwg, Clynnog added
31.10.2015 – Ffynnon Sanctaidd, Pistyll added
02.10.2015 – Ffynnon Parc Mawr, Penrhoslligwy added
19.09.2015 – Ffynnon Fair, Llanfair added

16.09.2015 – Ffynnon Fair, Dolgellau added

3 thoughts on “Well Hopper

  1. Dear Wellhopper
    I was very interested to find your site. I attend St. Cystennin’s Church, Llangystennin near Mochdre Colwyn Bay (reputed to be one of the oldest Christian sites in Wales, although present church that replaced the medieval one is 1843). I have read references to an old well at Llangystennin in some Pilgrim refernce on the internet, and just today after church we believe we have located it within the stone walls. The churchyard has been very overgrown, but partly cleared in recent years and years of accumulated vegetation in this area. We are thinking to clear the area to hopefully reveal the old well site – looks like stone walls with one wall higher and an entrance. At the moment branches and vegetation is infilling what we think is the well area. Would you be interested to come and look as you obviously have some expertise in wells?

  2. Lynne – I would really love to come and visit the well at some time, but although I am an enthusiast I am by no means an expert. I could put you in touch with people who could advise you if you like, and will do if you send details through the contact page on this site.

  3. I have found a couple of interesting named springs in the area of Cymau / Llanfynydd in Flintshire. One, Ffynnon y Garreg above Cymau, is mentioned in the Flintshire inventory as (in 1910) having a stone surround on three sides with another stone in front of it. There is still, as far as I can see from Street View, a large depression in the field at the site with a bush growing out of it, although unfortunately there is no longer any path to the spring (one is shown on the 1870s Ordnance Survey).

    Another has the odd name of Ffynnon Ffragle – perhaps referring to brewing (an English-influenced corruption of “brag” and “lle”). It was described to Edward Lhuyd as a “great stream” so must have been locally noteworthy. This one was still marked on modern-era maps with some kind of stream issuing from it so I guess it is still there, though haven’t had the chance to look yet. It is on the left of a lane leading to a farm (though the lane once ended at the spring apparently), and which is itself off a small road a little east of Llanfynydd.

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