St Non's Chapel and Holy Well, St. Davids

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The Chapel of St Non is located on the coast near St David's in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Held by tradition to mark the birthplace of St David, the ruin cannot be accurately dated but is unusual in that it is aligned north-south rather than the usual east-west. Near to the ruined chapel is a retreat, a modern chapel and a holy well. The site was protected in the 1950s and is now the responsibility of the Welsh Heritage organisation Cadw.
The ruined Chapel of St. Non is close to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path a few miles from the city of St David's. According to Christian tradition, Saint Non (also known as Nonna or Nonnita) was born around AD 475 and was a daughter of Lord Cynyr Ceinfarfog who lived as a nun at Ty Gwyn near Whitesands Bay until she was raped by Prince Sant of Ceredigion. She gave birth at Caerfai to a boy, who became the patron saint of Wales, St David.
The ruin is thought to be on the site of St Non's house and to be one of the oldest Christian buildings in Wales. In medieval times the chapel was one of the main sites visited by Christian pilgrims. Following the Protestant Reformation, pilgrimages stopped and the chapel was converted into a house before being used as a garden. The Grade II listed site was taken over by the Welsh Heritage organisation Cadw in the 1950s.
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  • It is worth walking from Caerfai Bay to St Nons along the coastal path and pay a visit to the ruins of the old chapel and go inside the replacement, which is quite small but lovely nevertheless.  more »
  • In walking the Pembrokeshire coast trail, it is a nice stop. the chapel is small but is situated in a nice place to view the water. If walking, it's about a 15 minutes walk from town.  more »
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  • If you love mystical hidden places, make the trip here. Not much to see, a ruined old chapel in a field, a sacred well and shrine and fascinating 1930s chapel but the story of St David's mother who was a nun here has drawn many visitors to this spot on the fieldabove the cliff walk. Still a Roman Catholic retreat.
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