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Ffynnon Gynhafal

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangynhafal, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 53.1645 / 53°9'52"N

Longitude: -3.2981 / 3°17'53"W

OS Eastings: 313311

OS Northings: 363832

OS Grid: SJ133638

Mapcode National: GBR 6S.4PB7

Mapcode Global: WH773.9QQC

Entry Name: Ffynnon Gynhafal

Listing Date: 30 July 2002

Last Amended: 30 July 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 26795

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: To south side of Plas Dolben farmhouse, the water issuing at the corner of a field.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Llangynhafal

Community: Llangynhafal

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The bard Gruffydd ap Ieuan ap Llewellyn Fychan (1485-1553) sought a cure at this well, the origins of whose reputation must go back to a time before the Reformation, before his conversion to Protestantism led him to condemn such practices.

The construction of a (C19?) brickwork vault over the basin shows the well remained in use into post-Reformation times, regardless of the change in official attitudes. The well may have been enlarged at this time.

Jones records that in later years the well was reputed to cure warts; they were pricked with a pin which was then thrown into the well. The presence of steps, however, shows that people probably actually entered the basin.


A stone-lined basin about 5m by 3m, with a low wall on the downstream side and taller walls on the other three sides carrying an elliptical brickwork vault. The water is about 0.2m deep. It is unclear whether the water was intended to pass over the top of the low wall; there may be an opening at lower level or the water may now simply be issuing from cracks.

Two short flights of steps lead down to the water.

Reasons for Listing

A very well preserved historic well of curative repute, associated with St Cynhafal's church.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Cruck Barn at Ty-coch
    In the farmyard of Ty-coch, at the east side of the minor road from Llangwyfan to Llangynhafal.
  • II Walled Garden at Old Rectory
    To the rear and sides, especially to the right, of the Old Rectory.
  • II Old Rectory
    About 200m west of the parish church, reached by a private drive from the crossroads below the church. Walled garden to rear, grounds at front.
  • I Church of St Cynhafal
    Reached by a minor road east of Llangynhafal. The churchyard is circular, considerably raised above road level on the west, and partly surrounded by a rubble stone wall. War memorial set in west wall
  • II Plas-yn-llan
    In Llangynhafal, overlooking and immediately east of the parish church.
  • II Gales-fawr Farmhouse and Attached Sheds
    Reached by a side lane to the south off the minor Groes-fawr to Glyn Arthur road, about 2 km east of Llandyrnog village. The farmstead is stretched out along the contour overlooking a valley to the so
  • II Privy at Gales-fawr
    To south-west of the domestic group at Gales-fawr, separated by a small yard.
  • II Farmyard Range at Gales-fawr
    Along the north side of the Gales-fawr farmyard. The farmstead is stretched out along the contour overlooking a valley to the south.

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