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Pen-Y-Gaer and Nant Castell



There are two forts here above Llanbedrog, separated by a small valley. Pen-y-Gaer is apparently the more obvious today, according to Coflein. There are lots of springs around this high land, and a path / road lead toward one with particular renown - Ffynnon Bedrog (SH32263226). Coflein calls it a wishing well, but the Reverend Baring Gould knows better.
In Wales [St Petroc] is more especially associated by tradition with Llanbedrog. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries it was there considered to be "beneficial to offer to Pedrog for gangrenes." His Holy Well, Ffynnon Bedrog, is on Bryn Du, in the parish. It enjoyed a great reputation formerly, and many traditions linger of the miraculous cures effected by its waters in every conceivable ailment. Some years ago a round vessel of dark stone was found at its bottom full of pins. Thieves could be discovered by it. A bit of bread thrown on its surface by the injured person sank at the mention of the thief's name among a number of suspected persons.
From p102 of 'Lives of the British Saints, Vol. 1' by S Baring-Gould and John Fisher (1907).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
20th April 2011ce

Comments (3)

Hope you had a nice North Wales trip Rhiannon. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
20th April 2011ce
Ah thank you. Actually it wasn't really North at all, I was a bit confused when I said that! It was more middle to north. And I didn't have the heart to drag anyone to any stones. But it was very relaxing and the scenery and wildlife was superb. Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
21st April 2011ce
Sounds like a good break anyway, but good to have you back (Folklore has been left a bit unattended you know). thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
21st April 2011ce
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