Holy Wells

Across Cornwall there are wells and springs considered holy because of their association with a particular Saint. It is very likely that these werw originally major water sources for nearby towns and villages that because of their “life giving properties” became in pagan times “sacred”. Many superstitions abound about these places, near Penzance the famous Madron well was associated with the ability to grant wishes and heal,. “Cloughties” strips of cloth were hung from the branches of nearby trees to ask for healing, as the cloth rotted so the illness would fade. Divination with pins and coins was also popular at these sites. St Ia’s well in St Ives stil forms a part of the St Ives Well Procession on feast day the towns most important date.

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