st marys well & st winifreds well
for anyof you facying a bit of a tour may I recomend st marys well near cardiff best to come in the winter as it drys up in the summer, pm me if you want info on how to get to it, it's near to cosmeston lakes country park and st marys well bay so might make a nice day trip for cardiffians.
The best example of a holy well south of scotland however is st Winifreds well in Holywell north wales. where I am revisiting next week for my hols. It is to my knolage the only well in the country whose origanal srine buildings survived Henry the 8th's reformation distruction of relics and sites (they hold a service of dedication for st winifreds finger every sunday as well).
The story of st winifred go's like this: evil prince trys to rape her, she's having none of it so evil prince chops her head off with his blade there and then and he runs off. st beuno runns to the place where it happened and reataches his neices head in front of a crowd of villagers who had gathered at the site out of morbid curiosity, she comes back to life and a spring springs up where her head had been, winifred becomes a nun and patron saint of wales untill supercesded by david. evil prince dies in some unimaginably horrible way (hoorah!).
Thats the story so make of it what you will.
Many miricale cures have been atributed to the well giving it the nickname "the lourdes of britain" and visions of st winifred have been seen there so if you ever get the chance to visit (and I can strongly recomed it) ask the nun in the gift shop or the nuns in the retreat house just up the hill about it, they have tons of storys about the well and are happy to tell them