"There is another wonderful thing in the above oft-mentioned region of Guent. There is there a spring near to the wall of the well of Mouric, and timber in the middle of the spring, and men wash their hands together with their faces, and they have the timber beneath their feet when they wash - for instance I have both tried and seen it. When it is inundated by the sea, until the worst the Severn is extended over everything coastal, and covers, and all the way to the spring it is stretched out, and the spring is filled from the teared Severn, and draws the wood with itself all the way to the great sea, and throughout the space of three days on the sea it is turned upside-down, and on day four, in the above mentioned spring, it is found. It is also a fact that one from the countryside might have buried it in the earth to require it proved, and on day four it was found in the spring and the former rustic, he who concealed and buried it, was dead before the end of the month."1,2

This wonder - an inlet with well, a spring where people washed, and a returning plank - is likely to have been at Mathern3,, a small village near the junction of the Wye and Severn, close to Pwllmeyric4,5. Mathern is associated with the south-eastern Welsh king Meyric, or Meurig, and was by an inlet in the past (Map and Engraving* from early 1880s - note the water by the church)6,. However, the village well is currently dedicated to Meurig's father, St.Tewdric.

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