Saint Winefride’s Well is situated in Holywell, Flintshire in Wales and is named after a 7th-century local Welsh woman named Gwenffrewi in Welsh or Winefred, or Winefride in English. Today it is classed as a grade l listed building and is a major place of pilgrimage for Catholics though all faiths are welcome as are people who have no religion. The market town of Holywell is named after Saint Winefride’s Well which is an ancient place of pilgrimage and there is a remarkable legend that tells the story of how this came to be
Who was Saint Winefride?
Welsh legend tells that Winefride was the daughter of Tyfid ap Eiludd who was the lord of Tegeingl, a cantref, or division of land, in north-east Wales which later became part of the county of Flintshire. Her mother’s name was Wenlo and was the sister of Saint Beuno who had associations with the Welsh kings of South Wales. Winefride was thought to have a brother named Owain. According to legend, her family were distant descendants of Vortigern, a warlord of 5th century Britain. Read more