Ffynnon Beuno, Tremeirchion

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!

As this post from the Well Hopper illustrates, many of these Holy Wells have links with the dim, distant past – though they have been Christianised, there is every chance that they were sacred places long before the Son of God came to the British Isles. As paganism faded the new faith took over such sites, and I am sure, they married the pagan mythos with their own Saints who had a similar tale to tell…

Well Hopper

ffynnon Beuno Tremeirchion.Another Beuno’s Well, this time at Tremeirchion which lies a mile or so to the north of Bodfari, between the A55 and A541 and sitting directly on the pilgrims’ trail which traced the route of Winefride from Holywell to Gwytherin. There is little in the recorded lives of Beuno to link  him to Tremeirchion; it has been suggested that a pupil of Beuno built a foundation here. The first recorded church here dates from 1240 though it is quite likely that earlier churches stood on the site. Today the  parish church  bears a dedication to Corpus Christi.  Still, however Beuno’s name arrived in Tremeichion it echoes through the village with the well at one end and at the other St Beuno’s Jesuit College, now a retreat, built in the village in the 1840s.

The name Tremeirchion has in the past been mis-interpreted as the Town of the Maiden, again trying…

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