Darowen (click on
photograph to bring up bigger/better version).
|A holy well, Ffynnon Dudur (or, as I've also seen it
written, Ffynnon Dadur), is stated as being "outside St Tudur's churchyard",
and it wasn't difficult finding on the map a Cae'r Ffynnon on the edge of the
village. That was the easy bit. An old iron kissing gate was a promising start,
and this led into a field full of sheep (designated a public footpath on the
map, but not signposted as such on the ground) and eventually I found the well
- having walked straight past it the first time - tucked away down in a dip in
an overgrown corner. It's completely hidden from view by a large pile of wood,
and well-guarded by nettles. The front of it is covered by a slate, the side by
some corrugated iron sheet, and the top has a large coil of rusty wire dumped
on top of it. Not quite as atmospheric as I'd hoped. I didn't think it right to
heave these things to one side, despite being curious as to what lay behind,
but will see if I can get permission to investigate one day.
Grid Ref: SH 831017.