Cranfield Church And Holy Well
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Cranfield, Randalstown, Co Antrim,
On the shores of Lough Neagh at Churchtown Point lie the ruins of an ancient 13th century Irish ...
On the shores of Lough Neagh at Churchtown Point lie the ruins of a 13th century church and St Olcan's Holy Shrine. Within a few yards east of the church is a holy well, the source of spring water and amber coloured crystals. Pilgrimages were made to Cranfield annually on any three consecutive days between May Eve and 29 June.
Pilgrims who visited collected seven ordinary stones to count 'the rounds'. They recited prayers and walked barefoot even times round the church, dropping one stone at the door each time. This was repeated seven times around the well. When all the rounds were completed the pilgrim bathed in water from the well.