We hadn't been to the Menacuddle Holy Well and Chapel for quite a while. When we arrived today it was very noticeable that there has been some love and attention given to the site.
The Chapel dates back to the 15th century and is now a Grade II listed building. It is aligned east-west with the east wall built against the natural rock face. Below is an old etching of the chapel I came across a while back - a little artistic licence has been used by the artist!
This is the reality as to how the Menacuddle Well Chapel looks today (below).
The photo below, of the entrance to the chapel, shows how it is built against the rock face.
The chapel now looks all neat and tidy - perhaps a little too clean? A matter of opinion, of course.
On a previous visit I snapped a photo and there was moss and lichen on the roof and sides of the chapel. This somehow made it more mysterious and gave the building a different feel.
The Holy spring water was once held in high regard for its curative powers. Sick children were regularly bathed here and the Victorians recommended the drinking of its salubrious fluid. It was also used to treat ulcers.
A local tradition was to throw a bent pin into the water for good luck.
The waterfall is part of the St.Austell River, or Vinnick River, and was often known as the White River. In certain weather conditions the water would become a milky white from local china clay.
On the opposite of the river to the chapel is the Druids Chair made from solid granite - as below. It has also been called King Arthur's Seat. A bit of a mystery - but it's quite comfortable - for a rock!
A couple of photos now of the small gardens and pond.
Menacuddle isn't that well sign posted. If visiting by car take the the Bodmin Road from St.Austell town. It's only a few minutes drive but can easily be missed. The entrance only has a small sign ….
Look out for the Elderly People sign - the entrance is just after this.
There is parking but only for about four cars. But, in saying this, I have never seen anyone else at the chapel and well when I have made a visit.