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The Holy Wells of Wales

Sat 19 May 2018, 6.15 pm


An illustrated talk by Phil Cope revealing the history and mystery of one of Wales’ best-kept secrets

Phil Cope is a photographer, writer, teacher, and cultural exhibition designer whose recent subjects have included the footballer John Charles, Paul Robeson and Wales and the Spanish Civil War.

Now he has turned his attention to the holy wells of Wales, as part of a conservation project led by Keep Wales Tidy

The number of holy wells in Wales has decreased from almost two thousand fifty years ago to perhaps a few hundred today. They range from almost invisible rock strewn holes in fields and rocky outcrops to commercialised spas in mid Wales and the full-blown pilgrimage sites of healing like Holywell in north east Wales.

Sacred for many centuries before Christianity the churches often attached to wells are the latest religious accretions on a spiritualism based on leylines and other, now ‘new age’ philosophies . .



Sat 19 May 2018
6.15 pm
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Oriel y Parc
National Park Visitor Centre
St Davids, SA62 6NW United Kingdom
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