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St Ffraed's Well, Cynhawdre

A Scheduled Monument in Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.2856 / 52°17'8"N

Longitude: -3.9448 / 3°56'41"W

OS Eastings: 267437

OS Northings: 267058

OS Grid: SN674670

Mapcode National: GBR 8Y.Y3CQ

Mapcode Global: VH4G0.KTW6

Entry Name: St Ffraed's Well, Cynhawdre

Scheduled Date: 21 November 1994

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1905

Cadw Legacy ID: CD157

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Holy Well

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Ceredigion

Community: Ystrad Meurig

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


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. It is covered by a drystone chamber, c 2m wide and 2.5m deep, dug into the adjacent field bank. The front elevation rises to a triangular gable and has an opening 0.5m square. The wellchamber is semi-circular with partly plastered drystone walls and massive slabs form the roof and lintel.

The monument is a very well-preserved and rare form of simple well chamber with no immediate parallels known in West Wales. It 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 be 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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