|This hill fort was inhabited from about 200BC to after the Romans arrived, though it seems that it's known locally to be a 'Roman Camp'.
On the NE side of the hill is a spring with certain magical powers, dedicated to St Ann. As usual it's especially good for the eyes - but you had to collect the first bucket of water at the stroke of midnight on twelfth night, to ensure the best efficacy.
(Folklore of the Welsh Border, J Simpson 1976)
Caer Rhain is another name for Aconbury.
Baring-Gould suggests the Rhain of the name was Rhain Dremrudd, King of Brycheiniog. He translates 'Dremrudd' as red-eyed, but could it be more subtle than this? Trem is (I believe) Welsh for sight or gaze; could it not imply he got the red mist sometimes, rather than conjunctivitus. I dunno. Perhaps he should have visited the well (see above). All this etymology. It's a minefield.
(Baring-Gould, 'Lives of the British Saints' v4, p 108. 1913)
Posted by Rhiannon
25th November 2005ce
Edited 2nd February 2009ce