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“Interesting Holy Well”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Madron Well

Madron Well
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Madron
Certificate of Excellence
Penzance, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Interesting Holy Well”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Ancient chapel/baptistery at the end of a shady tree lined walk.
Be aware though that even though there is parking nearby it is not secure and there have been incidents of theft from cars there over the years so make sure your valuables are safe and out of sight.

Visited July 2014
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Magical, mystical spiritual well”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

We came upon this quite by chance several years ago, it is a place of peace and spiritual tranquility that is totally untouched and unspoiled. It is easy to imagine the history and those who visited before over the centuries.

Visited July 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Peaceful and mystical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

The day that we visited there was a misting drizzle that certainly added to the mystical atmosphere of this sacred site. I was relieved that there were not masses of other tourists disturbing the peace of this lovely place with its twisted, mossy trees and ferns. It's a place for quiet, calm reflection and I'm so glad I've finally seen it.

Visited July 2013
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Madron Well AND Baptistery.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

Born and raised on the outskirts of Madron/Heamoor as I was in the 1940s, the Well and Baptistry were completely unknown to those 'upalong', and could only be found by we locals wielding sticks to beat back both bracken and briar. Now, there is a 'convenient' signpost half a mile on the right hand side as you take the road out of Penzance towards St Just, Land's End and about half a mile between Heamoor and Madron. And what was a sacred spot for us is now laid open for all to see.
What is there to see? Follow the now accessible path to the swampy well and you will not forget the crouched hawthorn trees hanging with lichen and you will come to a single hawthorn tree whose twigs and branches are twisted with bows of material torn from garments etc that carry some personal significance to ask the old pagan Celtic gods for their blessings on the Christian marriages just taken place in the area. Often you will find the bouquets carried by the brides at rest beneath the tree at this sacred spot together sometimes with messages. If you fail to be moved by these signs of the power of paganism still alive in west Cornwall, then why visit Cornwall?
Continue along the same path and you will come across on the right hand side a narrow entrance to the 5th c. Baptistery. It is a small space enclosed by walls made of massive granite stones, roofless, windproof, a place of remarkable peace. Its seating is provided by great stone blocks that project from three sides. Facing you, supported by stones is the greatest stone of all: the altar stone on which rough-hewn crosses may be seen, together with a space for the 'altar-stone,' and often over strewn with bouquets of wild flowers. Turn from the altar to the sound of the well springing from the back left hand corner, and you will find a spring of pure water rising from the ground enclosed by shady rocks and ferns. It is the place where for centuries the Cornish came to have their babies baptised and still do when all remnants of visitors are gone.
Again, if you fail to be moved by these spots where Christianity and Celtic Paganism combine, you shouldn't be here and would be better off in Bournemouth.

Visited September 2012
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Halesowen
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11 attraction reviews
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“Fanous holy well and chapel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

A sense of pilgrimage to be had at this well-known site is the end of a track which can be rather wet after rain. But it's worth the visit for the well in a little spinney and the substantial chapel remains nearby

Visited May 2012
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