To the Right Honourable Countess Fingall, This View of St. Winifred's Well, at Holywell, in Flintshire.is with her Ladyships permission dedicated by her obliged & most humble Servt. H.F. James.
Pubd. by H.F. James; Picture Gallery Liverpool July 1, 1811.
Aquatint in sepia, 355 x 495mm. 14 x 19½". Vertical crease through image, slightly messy.
Attractive view of the shrine of St. Winifrid (Gwenffrwd or Gwenfrewi) in the Flintshire town of Holywell. It houses what is regarded as the finest surviving example of a medieval holy well in Britain. Winifred was murdered on the steps on the church by a rejected suitor in November 660. She was a descendant of the early Kings of Powys. The well formed from the spring is a place of pilgrimage visited by, among others, Richard I, to pray for his Crusade; Henry V (both before and after his famous victory at Agincourt), who came on foot from Shrewsbury; and King James II, who came here to pray for a son (a prayer which was granted by the birth of the Old Pretender).
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