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 Post subject: St Beuno’s well, Clynnog, Gwynedd - vandalised
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 9:20 pm 
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Source: Caernarfon Herald, May 20 2010

VANDALS have smashed a centuries old holy well forcing locals to close the attraction to visitors.

Clynnog residents were horrified to discover that the ancient stones which make up the foundations of St Beuno’s well on the outskirts of the village had been torn from the wall and launched into the monument’s holy waters.

The artefact, which is widely considered to be one of the most important places on the pilgrims’ trail to Bardsey Island, is now under lock and key because of its unstable condition as a result of the vandalism.

Community councillor Dafydd Hughes-Evans said the whole community was shocked and saddened by the incident.

He said: “A member of the public reported it to us and we think that it happened at some point during the last two weeks.

“It’s just pure vandalism, there was no good reason behind doing what they did.

“Because of this, we have had to lock up the entrance so now nobody can visit it.

“It’s a great shame, the well is a major spot on the pilgrims’ trail.

“To this day, we still have quite a lot of visitors coming to the well, as the water is thought by many to have healing properties.”


The well, which is believed to date back to the Middle Ages, was a central stop for pilgrims on their way to Bardsey.

Many of them are thought to have bathed in the water of the spring before sleeping on the grave of St Beuno and then continuing on their pilgrimage.

The Welsh l8th century historian and naturalist Thomas Pennant is claimed to have witnessed the healing of a paralytic.

Cannon Idris Thomas of St Beuno’s Church, in Clynnog, said the well is extremely important for the village.

He said: “It is a holy well and I think what has been done is shameful, and would go so far as to say that this was an act of sacrilege.

“We have many, many tourists visiting Clynnog every year and before the bypass was built, I wasn’t able to send them to the well because the road leading through the village was dangerous.

“Now that it is safe enough for visitors to go there and look what happens, it’s ironic in many ways.

“The well dates back a very long time, certainly to the Middle Ages, and I know a lot of people have dipped their hands and feet into the water because they strongly believe that it can alleviate certain medical conditions such as arthritis.”

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 Post subject: Re: St Beuno’s well, Clynnog, Gwynedd - vandalised
PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:09 am 
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Well at least the community has an active interest in minimizing the damage to the site. How many sites are subject to ongoing damage? Not that it makes this right in any capacity.

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 Post subject: Re: St Beuno’s well, Clynnog, Gwynedd - vandalised
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:13 pm 
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That is a real shame, I wonder if funding for a restoration of the stonework is available?
It should be possible to rebuild the stonework, provided the stones are not too badly damaged. If they can be fished out and examined, that would be a start.

I would hope that the local community can provide an escort for visitors / pilgrims until repairs are carried out, if the site is now too dangerous for casual visits.

There should be the skills available locally for the repairs, perhaps some visitors / pligrims can be encouraged to supply funding if "official" sources are dried up (sorry)
I can't remember if there is a suitable interpretation board? (Education - one of the keywords for HLF funding)

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 Post subject: Re: St Beuno’s well, Clynnog, Gwynedd - vandalised
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:42 pm 
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I don't know the current state of this well,
next time I'm in the area I must try and remember to check up.....

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