King Arthur in Cornwall

King Arthur Although various parts of Britain lay claim to Arthur, the strongest case seems to be that he came from Cornwall.

While the English tribes were conquering more and more of Britain, the Celts were driven further westwards. There was a great Celtic leader called Arthur, who united the various tribes as they fought the invaders. According to Cornish legend he was mortally wounded at Slaughter Bridge, just outside Camelford, at a spot called Arthur's Grave.

There is a place called King Arthur's Hall on Bodmin Moor, and there is a large hill fort at Kellybury, near Wadebridge that was said to be Arthur's Cornish home. Truth and legend become intermingled, some say Camelot took its name from the River Camel, some legends say he was buried in the Isles of Scilly.

The present day legend of Arthur seems to come from the writings of Geoffrey of Monmouth, who had heard about Arthur, and invented the stories of the Round Table. He also placed Arthur in Tintagel more out of romanticism than fact.

The tales of Arthur and the Round Table are set some 600 years after he had really lived. Nevertheless Arthur represents the Celtic spirit of Cornwall, and reminds people of their Celtic past. One story says that Arthur will return one day to restore Cornwall to Celtic independence, and that he still lives in the disguise of a Cornish chough

Places associated with King Arthur in Cornwall are

Castle Dore

Dozmary Pool

Killibury Castle

Loe Pool


Merlins Cave


Slaughter Bridge

Tintagel Castle



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