St Winefride's Well

Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7PN, North Wales




Bishop Peter and the Diocesan Trustees have outlined the start of a project to enhance and improve the site and facilities at St Winefride's well





To implement this project Bishop Peter has appointed a Project Director, Mrs Kerry Feather and the St Winefride's Well Committee.


Development Project Vision


  • Promote the life of St. Winefride and the Holy Well, ensuring that it continues to reflect its prominence as a place of pilgrimage, devotion and faith, forgiveness and healing and which welcomes visitors of all faiths and none

  • Enable all pilgrims and visitors to access the display of interpretive material, artefacts, museum items and historical information in modern surroundings which complement the ancient monument & historical buildings

  • Provide the opportunity for display of other material which is of religious significance or complimentary to the life of St. Winefride and the history of  St. Winefride’s Well


The project will also:


  • Look at feasibility and funding options for developing the visitor centre, museum and associated facilities for visitors

  • Consideration of how links could be strengthened within the local community through regeneration and joint working, as well as further afield with other sites of religious significance


Development works


  • Making the best of the facilities which are currently in place in the short to medium term – now and ongoing*

  • The main development project – estimated completion no earlier than 2017 (depending on Heritage Lottery and other funding bids)


        *  enhancing existing facilities where possible, without jeopardising options for the future or

            incurring costs for which there may only be a short term benefit



Progress to date


  • New Committee Members appointed

  • First meeting held 15th May

  • Terms of Reference & Governance arrangements agreed by the Trustees 3rd June

  • Advisory body appointed

  • Contacts made / renewed with key organisations:

        Heritage Lottery Fund, CADW, Flintshire County Council,  Holywell Town

         Council, Greenfield Valley Trust,  Church In Wales, Transition Holywell



Key current issues


  • Enhancement of current facilities

  • Independent Museum Accreditation

  • Getting wider input to the project

  • Open Event

  • Newsletter

  • Suggestions from pilgrims and visitors

  • Input into the Holywell Town Partnership & joint working initiatives

St Winefride's Well Development Project 2015

Address By The Rt Rev'd Peter M Brignall, Bishop of Wrexham