Madron Well - Holy Well and Chapel
In terms of healing, the infirm and crippled would come here, often in May to coincide with Beltane (the astronomical festival of fertility). The sufferer would enter the water three times naked, circumnavigate the well clockwise three times and then rest on a nearby hillock named St Maderne’s Bed. A piece of cloth would be torn from their clothing (specifically from the afflicted area) and it was believed that as the rag deteriorated, so the ailment would improve (of course, clothes were made from natural fibres back then!). Some deem the well's unusually high radiation levels as connected to its restorative powers.
Nearby lie the remains of a simple C12th chapel, with a doorway to the north (unusual in Christian churches as it is sometimes considered the Devil's Door), an altar to the east and a simple stone font in the southwest corner, originally fed by the same source as the well. Despite its altar and dedication to St Madern, this tiny and beautiful place is believed to be originally rooted in pre-Christian Pagan worship. St Madern is oft considered a Christianised corruption (including a sex change!) of the Celtic mother goddess Modron.