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Carreg Cennen

Sacred Well


Coflein says that there are at least nine caves in the rock. In about 1907 bones of two adults and a child, and a perforated horse tooth were found in the cave's stalagmite deposits. Three human teeth were found in 1980. The record says "the remains are conventionally dated to the Upper Palaeolithic, the period before the end of the last Ice Age."
In one part of the [castle] building a passage terminates in a flight of steps leading down to a dark subterranean cave of about 200, or perhaps, 250 feet long, and at the end of this passage or cave, there is a well which is still used as a "wishing well," more especially by young people.

[The author met three young ladies down there, but they were about to turn back being a bit weedy, but he gallantly accompanied them on to the well:] Before we left the spot, each one of the three young ladies threw a bent pin into the well, wishing, I suppose that she might have her heart's desire. We found many pins at the bottom of the well, which had been probably left there by young people given to the practice of amorous spells.
From 'Folklore of West and Mid-Wales' by J C Davies (1911).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th December 2009ce
Edited 5th April 2014ce

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