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13 Healing Pilgrimages

One of several reputed holy wells throughout Cornwall, Madron Well stands near the remains of a 12th century chapel and is named for the Christian Saint Madern. The well's significance as a holy site is believed to derive, however, from pre-Christian pagan worship.

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A couple of miles north of Penzance, and at the end of a winding muddy path, Madron Holy Well is thought to date from pre-Christian times and is still visited by passers-by. The well is easy to find, with signposts and more traditional 'clouties' - pieces of rag tied to the tree according to traditional custom at healing wells.

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Longships Lighthouse, Lands End, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Europe

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The Fairies are Afoot! - Modern Fairy Beliefs

Offerings of ribbon decorate a Fairy Wishing Tree near Madron Well, Cornwall.