Madron Holy Well and Chapel

We were down in West Cornwall, the oldest part of the county called Penwith. Just outside the town of Madron there is an ancient holy well which probably dates back to prehistoric times. Just down the path is a Celtic Christian chapel dating to the 7th century c.e. I found simeone had placed a wreath on the remains of an altar and a memorial to a deceased father on a corner by the holy well.

The altar is on the rear wall. Someone has left a wreath of white and yellow flowewrs.

The altar is on the rear wall. Someone has left a wreath of white and yellow flowewrs.

The holy well is to the left. To the right someone has left a memorial to a fallen soldier.

The holy well is to the left. To the right someone has left a memorial to a fallen soldier.

People come to the holy well to leave prayers and requests for healing. They tie silk ribbons and little objects on the trees. Some leave notes, which fade in the rain. All ar asking for something.

A decorated tea bag left on a limb.

A decorated tea bag left on a limb.

A tiny purse hangs among other items.

A tiny purse hangs among other items.

A woman happened by with her dog and asked if I was a healer. I told her I was sorry no healing, only photography.

 

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About idaswears

I left the U.S. for Cornwall 4 years ago. Since then I have spent my time writing, walking and studying the English. It's not always easy being a Yank in Cornwall, but it's always fun and rewarding.
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2 Responses to Madron Holy Well and Chapel

  1. pixieannie says:

    I’ve never seen this before. It’s amazing what people will do when they are desperate for a prayer to be answered. This is heartwarming.

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