E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Patron saint of virgins, because she was beheaded by Prince Caradoc for refusing to marry him. She was Welsh by birth, and the legend says that her head falling on the ground originated the famous healing well of St. Winifred in Flintshire. She is usually drawn like St. Denis, carrying her head in her hand. Holywell, in Wales, is St. Winifreds Well, celebrated for its miraculous virtues.