St Cybi's Well, Llangybi (North Wales)
Picturesque site of former 'holy well' dedicated to the sixth-century saint, Cybi.
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- 13th century buildings (or older)
Picturesque site of former 'holy well' dedicated to the sixth-century saint, Cybi. Two stone well-chambers and a later cottage survive.
History to the present day
This well is traditionally associated with St Cybi. Cybi was reputed to have settled in this area of Wales around the middle of the sixth century A.D as he is one of the group of Welsh saints whose life stories can be found in a manuscript dating to this period. According to this manuscript, Cybi was born in Cornwall and had already travelled extensively, before a dispute in Ireland led him and his disciples to north-west Wales.
When he landed on the island of Anglesey, he is reported to have struck a rock with his staff from which water immediately flowed, forming this well. The well became a place of pilgrimage for those hoping to cure a myriad of ailments including warts, lameness, blindness, scrofula, scurvy and rheumatism. Despite the Reformation, the well continued in use and there remained a box Cyff Gybi, for offerings to St Cybi in the nearby church until as late as the 18th century.
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: St Cybi's Well, North Wales, , United Kingdom
Opening times: Open site all year round.
Open sites are unstaffed and open to the public with no admission charge at all reasonable times, usually between 10.00 and 16.00 daily.
Photographs courtesy CADW photographic library.