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Holy Well

A Scheduled Monument in Cwm Gwaun, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.986 / 51°59'9"N

Longitude: -4.9326 / 4°55'57"W

OS Eastings: 198723

OS Northings: 236007

OS Grid: SM987360

Mapcode National: GBR CM.K34N

Mapcode Global: VH1QN.GB5X

Entry Name: Holy Well

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2686

Cadw Legacy ID: PE229

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Holy Well

Period: Early Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Cwm Gwaun

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of the remains of a holy well, probably dating to the medieval or post-medieval period. The monument is a well or spring, possessing religious or otherwise ritualistic significance, around which a structure, such as a niche, wall or shelter, has been constructed. A vaulted well chamber about 6ft high and 9ft x 6ft covers a spring. The chamber is constructed of rubble, and the top earth covered.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the organisation and practice of Christianity. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. A holy well may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value. The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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