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According to 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 by the prayers of her uncle St Beuno, Winefride lived as a nun until her second death some 22 years later. Whatever the reality of the legend, Winefride was real rather than a legend,a 7th-century Welsh woman who was venerated as a saint. Her well at Holywell  Flintshire (CH8 7PN) Wales 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.) The Shrine today is a 2 storey late Gothic building erected in the 16th century.  


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