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Countdown Begins to Save Historic Stone of King Arthur From Flooding at Slaughterbridge in Cornwall

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 15:39
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For those unaware of the original story of King Arthur, the legendary king was once associated with Cornwall, a fact now erased from history. Who knows, maybe he was the star of one of the great Cornish Miracle plays, only a couple of which still exist.

Maybe he actually existed at Chûn Castle? Sadly, the history of Cornwall is just as neglected as Cornwall itself, so the loss of a reminder of the link between Arthur and Cornwall may be seen to some as a positive thing.

A stone which is more than a thousand years old and is linked to King Arthur’s death, is now at risk of being lost to flooding, the inscription being completely worn away once the stone becomes water covered.

King Arthur’s Stone, also known as King Arthur’s Grave, is lying on the bank of the River Camel at Slaughterbridge in Cornwall.

The monument, which measures 2.91m, has old inscriptions in Latin and in an early Irish script.

Joe Parsons, the owner of the Arthurian Centre at Slaughterbridge, said: “It is a 6th-century monument, traditionally identified as commemorative of King Arthur’s and Mordred’s battle.”

Legend says that King Arthur and his nephew Mordred had their final fight at this very place, near Camelford.”

To save the historic monument, Mr Parsons commissioned consulting engineers Attwell Associates for a study, funded with a grant from Historic England, to highlight the issues and identify a number of options for remedial works.

The report reads: “The project concluded that the stone will remain vulnerable and its position will deteriorate unless direct action is taken.”

“There were 12 different things [Attwell Associates] looked at, but now there are three options they are considering. So we are getting the public opinion this month, then the decision will be made by people in charge of the National Monuments.

“The work will take place within 12 months.”

To try to find a solution to save King Arthur’s Stone, the Arthurian Centre is organising an open day for the public to visit the historic site for free.

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