Sacred Springs


Venerated by our pagan ancestors, sanctified by Dark Age holy men and exploited by Victorian hypochondriacs, the natural springs and wells of Wales have been an important facet of country life and folklore for centuries.

In this book the author traces the origin of the well cult in Wales, and explores the various legends connected with them.

Photographs, sketches and reconstruction drawings illustrate the diversity of the sacred wells, from the forgotten bubbling springs sheltered by crumbling stonework, to the great shrine-chapels built in the later Middle Ages to glorify the sacred waters.


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