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Holy Well

A Grade II Listed Building in Cwm Gwaun, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.986 / 51°59'9"N

Longitude: -4.9326 / 4°55'57"W

OS Eastings: 198723

OS Northings: 236006

OS Grid: SM987360

Mapcode National: GBR CM.K34N

Mapcode Global: VH1QN.GB5X

Entry Name: Holy Well

Listing Date: 30 July 2002

Last Amended: 30 July 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 26803

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated in field to NE of Llanllawer church some 500m N of Pont Llanychaer.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Fishguard

Community: Cwm Gwaun

Community: Cwm Gwaun

Locality: Llanllawer

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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Holy well in a vaulted chamber of rough masonry of uncertain date, possibly medieval. Richard Fenton noted that it was little used in 1811 but 'once had the reputation of most miraculous efficacy in various disorders'. Coins and pins were dropped in and it was reputedly particularly effective for sore eyes.


Arched stone cover to a small stretch of open spring water. Rubble stone pointed vault, roughly constructed and with exposed stone both outside and within, the exterior restored in later C20. Vault covers a rectangular pool and is some 2m high, the inside rounded to rear. Wooden gate.

Reasons for Listing

Included as one of the most characteristic holy wells of SW Wales, with intact vaulted chamber.
Scheduled Ancient Monument Pe 229.

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