Celtic significance of St. Chad existing at this middle point between
the Goyt and Mersey should not be underestimated as he is the 'patron
saint of medicinal wells and springs' and points the way to such
'sacred Celtic waters' up the Goyt valley, proving further that
the Goyt was regarded as the source for the Mersey in ancient times.
Besides this there is also St. Chad's Holy Well nearby, with the
usual traditions of miraculous cures associated with such wells,
and his concentrated evangelisation of the Mersey and surrounding
areas which would have inevitably brought him into direct contact
with the very ancient sites and legends associated with the area
in the seventh century (600 AD to 700 AD). He would have used these
associations with great sympathy in his dealings with the 'old religions'
and their sites. Above: Chadkirk altar