View of St Winifred's Well, at Holywell, in Flintshire
Artist: James, Henry Freeman
View of St. Winifred’s Well at Holywell in North Wales. According to legend St Winifred, or Gwenfrewi Santes, was a 7th century nun who was trained by Beuno the monk. One day Winifred was attacked by Prince Caradog after she rejected his advances. He cut her head off but Beuno saw the attack and carried Winifred’s body to the church. He and the congregation prayed over her and when her body was joined to her head she immediately revived with only a thin red mark around her neck. Where her head fell, a spring of healing water appeared and pilgrims in the middle ages travelled long distances to the site in belief of the water’s curative qualities.