Horrible Histories of Wales600: Heads You Win We’d never want to put you off visiting our lovely country, but some pretty nasty stuff has happened in Wales over the last 250,000 years or so. It’s fine now, though, honest.Severed headsSevered heads appear in lots of Welsh tales. That tells us something about the Celts who lived in Wales in ancient times. At one time heads must have been bouncing round Celtic lands like lottery numbers in a drum.A famous story One of the most famous loppings was St Gwenfrewi (or Winifride in English) – around 600AD.Winifride was a nun. She was also the niece of Saint Beuno, an abbot in sixth-century Wales. Young Welsh Prince Caradog ap Alyn loved her but she refused to marry him. This upset the young prince so he drew his sword and cut off her head. As her head hit the ground a spring of water gushed out of the dry rock.Along came Saint Beuno, stuck her head back on her body and she was restored to life, with just a thin white line round her neck to show her little accident.Beuno was not so kind to Caradog. The saint cursed the prince until the earth opened up and swallowed him. Winifride’s well waters are now said to cure illnesses and the well in Holywell, North Wales, is still visited by tourists today.Reproduced by kind permission of Scholastic Children’s Books. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Have a legendary new year Celebrate the upcoming ‘Year of Legends’ with our guide to seeing in the new year the legendary way The Revolting Peasants Discover why the peasants elected Owain Glyndŵr as their leader. The wild women of Wales Jemima Nicholas’ story of deafting the French and the Pembroke Mum’s Army. 880: Lovely Laws Discover how Hywel the Good created the first National Eisteddfod. Deadly dragons A tale of two dragons, the famous Welsh red dragon and the Saxon English white dragon. Llywelyn the Last Discover why Llywelyn ap Gruffydd became known as Llywelyn the Last.