“On the summit of a rocky knoll, near Tomen y Rhodwydd in this parish is his holy well, the water of which is said neither to increase nor diminish at any time, nor has it any visible inlet or outlet.”
While St Garmon’s Well is known to have existed, practically no one can agree as to where it actually is. Thomas Pennant clearly feels it lay somewhere near Tomen y Rhodwydd, though others, including locals believe the remains, little more than a few stones now, lay in a ditch, in a hedgerow by the promisingly named, Saint’s Crossing off the B5431. Ordnance Survey maps agree with the latter location.
The Coflein website describes St Garmon’s thus:
‘A stone-lined well, 0.5m wide and 0.4m deep, set under a vertical bank by a disused road. A spring lies on the south side and at the west end of an old closed road. The well is protected on three sides by rough masonry to the height of 3 feet. At a distance of 12 yards to the east a cross wall between two banks still partly exists to impound the water.’
The history of the well and any specific cures its waters may have afforded are unknown.
It should be noted that there are other springs in the area, and several of them have sometimes been named after St Garmon. A mystery then, and one awaiting solving.