The Holy Well and Chapel of St Trillo #Photography #Chapel

I’m in the process of transferring photos over to this site and as I was sorting through I came across these. This lovely, incredibly tiny chapel would originally have been more open to the elements, now the foreshore location is protected by a sea wall and promenade. It’s reputed to be the smallest in the UK, seating just six people comfortably. The original ‘cell’ is believed to have been founded here by St Trillo, previously a monk on Bardsey Island, in the 6th century AD. Opinions differ regarding the age of the present building, which has been restored several times over the years. 

Communion services are held in the chapel and I believe weddings are performed on occasion, although there would hardly be room for guests! The altar is built over a natural spring and the well can be seen just below. Water from the well, which is dedicated to St Trillo and St Elidan, has been, and possibly still is, used in local baptisms. Each saint has a stained glass window in the chapel, St Trillo’s over the altar, which you can’t see because of the sunshine, and St Elidan’s to the left.

The chapel is close to the point where the monks fished, as depicted by the wicker fisherman sculpture just along the promenade.

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