Written by: Ted HarrisonFolklore concerning the curative powers of holy springs and healing waters can be found all over the world, while many holy wells in Britain and Europe continue to draw pilgrims even today. But are these fascinating sites really survivals of Pagan and early Christian tradition, or a modern-day invented tradition to plug a spiritual gap? Ted Harrison investigates.
I was walking along the path towards St Madron's Well in Cornwall when a family group came in the opposite direction. Despite my passing greeting, none of the family said a word. They went by in silence, averting their gaze. I noticed the young woman in the group holding a tiny, sickly baby close to her body.
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