(St.). Patron saint of virgins, because she
was beheaded by Prince Caradoc for refusing to marry him. She was
Welsh by birth, and the legend says that her head falling on the
ground originated the famous healing well of St. Winifred in
Flintshire. She is usually drawn like St. Denis, carrying her head in
her hand. Holywell, in Wales, is St. Winifred's Well, celebrated for
its “miraculous” virtues.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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