Holywell, the oldest continually visited pilgrim site in Britain
Order of Malta’s thirtieth annual pilgrimage to the shrine
Holywell, 16 July 2017
The Shrine Church, HolywellOrder of Malta pilgrims gathered for a special Mass at Holywell, north Wales, celebrated in the mediaeval Shrine Church, in which there is no record of a Catholic Mass having been celebrated since the 16th century.
The Shrine Church literally sits on top of St.Winefride’s Well, famed for its miraculous healing waters. It is supported by an elaborate structure of columns and arches which surround the Well basin.
The pilgrimsThe Well itself is the only pre-Reformation place of pilgrimage in Britain which has known no break in the public visit of pilgrims, and was indeed visited by King James II and his Catholic Queen Mary of Modena. The Order’s pilgrimage to the shrine has been an annual event for well over thirty years.