Llanaelhaearm, Gwynedd, LL54 5AH

Llanaelhaearm, Gwynedd, LL54 5AH

Date of visit: 19th March 2020

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Llanaelhaearn is a village and community on the Llŷn Peninsula in the county of Gwynedd, Wales.

The settlement is traditionally credited to its patron saint, a disciple of Saint Beuno, who was supposed to have been resurrected nearby. Both Aelhaiarn and Beuno were noble monks from Powys who came north under the patronage of King Cadfan of Gwynedd. They settled in the area of Clynnog and Llanaelhaearn after Cadfan’s son Cadwallon reneged on a promised grant elsewhere; his cousin, shamed by his behaviour, made good on his promises by donating his own land for their monastery. The nearby Afon Erch includes a stone whose petrosomatoglyph is traditionally taken to represent the marks of the kneeling Saint Beuno, worn through during his nightly visits to pray in the middle of the stream.

St Aelhaiarn’s Well (Ffynnon Aelhaearn) was a major station on the northern pilgrimage route to Bardsey Island and much frequented for the miraculous cures associated with the “laughing” or “troubling of the water”, an irregular appearance of upwelling bubbles throughout its basin. By the 19th century, the Llanaelhaearn well was surrounded with an oblong basin and stone benches; devotees would rest on them while waiting for the water to “laugh”. A diphtheria outbreak in 1900, however, caused the local council to, first, enclose and roof the well and, then, to lock it away from the public. The well’s ownership is not disputed but it still remains inaccessible; the present enclosure dates from 1975.

Location Information

Location – what3words:///crib.gems.horn
Location – UK Postcode LL54 5AH
Location – OS Grid Ref: 238801, 344740
Location – Latitude / Longditude: 52.975703, -4.402218
Location – Northing / Westing 52°58’32.5″N 4°24’08.0″W