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Trewen Holy Well

Trewen Holy Well, Cornwall

OS map reference SX2519 8359

Trewen Holy Well is hidden in a hedge opposite the church in the tiny hamlet in Cornwall. At first  it could easily be overlooked but on close inspection of the hedgerow you come across the capped well. It’s been doubly capped by concrete and so is impossible to see in. 

Trewen well 3

However, the spring water still trickles out and forms a tiny rivulet which is constantly flowing. The spring is situated at the base of a rough bluff cliff face. 

Trewen church 2

The church is right by the well and it is most likely an ancient Celtic Christian site and there are several others within a few miles, including Altarnun, Laneast and Egloskerry. The ancient spiritual well reopened during the time of John Wesley and there was a revival in 1843. It’s a beautiful place to visit and pray. A thin place where everything feels in order spiritually which I’ve found highly unusual but lovely to experience. The church is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels. It’s not ostentatious and the atmosphere reminds me of Culbone Chapel, one of my favourite ‘thin places’ situated on Exmoor, Devon. It was very easy to praise in the church and encounter God.

Trewen church