Dinas Mawddwy (click on
photograph to bring up bigger/better version).
|I can't find a Ffynnon Cae Gwyn in or around Mallwyd,
but a map dated 1900 shows a "Ffynnon Cae-gwyn (Iron)" [sic] at Dinas Mawddwy,
in what were the grounds of Sir Edmund Buckley's Plas Dinas. The manor house
itself burnt down in 1917, having been unoccupied for years, and there's no
trace of it left. However, in the now overgrown grounds there are a number of
ruined structures, and with a bit of hunting I found the remains of the well
itself. I made the mistake of lifting the heavy concrete cover, and inside it's
foul: far from curing anything today, I imagine you could catch all manner of
nasties from it.
Grid Ref: SH 856152.
"Ffynnon Cae Gwyn. On Cae Gwyn in Mallwyd: noted for eye complaints". Topographical Dictionary of Wales, N. Carlisle, London, 1811.
"Mallwyd: At Cae Gwyn is a well, the water of which is in high estimation for its efficacy in the cure of diseases of the eye. From: 'Machynlleth - Mancott', A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1849), pp. 179-86. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=47866. Date accessed: 20 August 2006.
|"Ffynnon Rhiw'r Cawr. At Mawddwy; cured sore
eyes". Llen Gwerin Meirion, W.Davies, Transactions of National Eisteddfod of
|"Ffynnon Gwylliaid. At Bwlch y Groes near Dinas
Mawddwy. It was medicinal and relieved bowel complaints". Llen Gwerin Meirion,
W.Davies, Transactions of National Eisteddfod of Wales,
Elsewhere it has been said that the water was red from the washing of the hands of murderers. (The Holy Wells of Wales, Francis Jones.)
|There were two fountains located in the grounds of Plas Dinas according to a map of 1900, but I've not yet found any trace of them in the wild woods that have now taken the place of the formal grounds of those days.|
|Water pump associated with the old Mawddwy Railway, still in place at Meirion Mills, Minllyn.|