Springs of pure water welling eternally with water seemed, as David Williams says, to be emanations from a mysterious world and they exhorted fear and veneration in early peoples . The Christians were quick to build on this and used the springs for baptism . There were many centuries before this rite of Baptism was taken into church. Many churches were built near to Springs and shared dedications to their saints as at Bedwas (St Barrwg of Barry)Bedwellty (Sannan-the fire god-re-dedicated to St Anne)Bryngwyn (St Peter)Govilon (dedicated to St Patrick-the only Gwentian dedication)Llangybi (Cybi) and St Maugham (St Mawgan) near Monmouth. Indeed the spring at St Maughams was used to wash and lay out Catholics in recusant times, before the bodies were buried after dark in the churchyard. Skenfrith had three springs, St Brides, near the church of the same name ,St Noes, (St Noyes) near the chapel which once stood at the west of the village and the Priests Well in Darren Wood.This started a stream considered highly beneficial.
Locally the water is known to be slightly red and it was believed it was coloured red by a Catholic decapitated there in the time of terrible persecution. This was thought to happen, because the then princely sum of £5 was offered to anyone who would betray a Catholic priest found in the county on the orders of Queen Elizabeth I. All priests had to leave by St John's Day (27.12.1559) or change their missal for the Book of Common Prayer, incomprehensible at that time to the Welsh speakers, who could not read or write English, and who felt it a further attack on Welsh culture.Franciscan friars who lived near Rockfield at Perthir (Llanoronwy) also believed this because they made a yearly pilgrimage to the well. A similar tradition of stones, stained by a martyr's blood also appled at St Michael's Well at Rockfield.
Ffynnon Issui-Ishow's Well
There is a similar tratiion here.Country people still tie twigs on the coping of St Ishow's Well and throw coins into the water.
Pwlmeyrick Well-Ffynnon Pwll-Meurig
This well near Mathern was reputed strongly to bring about miracles. In addition, the Welsh historian, Nenius had this to say about it