New Tintagel Castle bridge opens


Blackleaf
#1
The original bridge was said to be so narrow that three knights could have defended Tintagel Castle against an entire kingdom.

But more than four centuries after that bridge collapsed, visitors to the supposed birthplace of the mythical King Arthur can gaze in awe at the views from its ultra-modern replacement.

The sleek new bridge of steel, oak and Cornish slate over a 190ft gorge means tourists are no longer confronted with a demanding trek up and down a steep path.

A knight's trail: New bridge joins King Arthur's Tintagel Castle to the mainland for the first time in 400 years as part of £5million redevelopment


The bridge is set on the coast of north Cornwall leading to Tintagel Castle

Sleek new bridge is set over a 190ft gorge and made from oak and Cornish slate

Earl of Cornwall built castle in 13th century inspired by legend of King Arthur

Name comes from Cornish Din Tagell - ‘the Fortress of the Narrow Entrance’

By James Tozer for Daily Mail
8 August 2019

The original bridge was said to be so narrow that three knights could have defended Tintagel Castle against an entire kingdom.

But more than four centuries after that bridge collapsed, visitors to the supposed birthplace of the mythical King Arthur can gaze in awe at the views from its ultra-modern replacement.

The sleek new bridge of steel, oak and Cornish slate over a 190ft gorge means tourists are no longer confronted with a demanding trek up and down a steep path.


Tintagel Bridge in north Cornwall will reopen to the public on Friday. The sleek new bridge is set over a 190ft gorge made from oak and Cornish slate and leading to Tintagel Castle


The bridge is part of a £5million redevelopment of the site. Richard, Earl of Cornwall, built a castle on the jagged headland in the 13th century after he was inspired by the legend of King Arthur


A family day out: Tintagel Castle has been closed since last October and work was not finished in time for the start of the busy school holidays. There was also concern over the impact the new structure would have on the natural landscape


Picturesque: In the 13th century a rock bridge linked one part of the castle on the mainland to the rest and inspired its name, which comes from the Cornish Din Tagell, meaning ‘the Fortress of the Narrow Entrance’


Built as part of a £5million redevelopment of the site, its unveiling today – before it opens to the public – will bring a sigh of relief from local businesses. Tintagel Castle has been closed since last October and work was not finished in time for the start of the busy school holidays. There was also concern over the impact the new structure would have on the natural landscape.

Inspired by the legend of King Arthur, Richard, Earl of Cornwall, built a castle on the jagged headland in the 13th century. A rock bridge linking one part of the castle on the mainland to the rest inspired its name, which comes from the Cornish Din Tagell, meaning ‘the Fortress of the Narrow Entrance’. Medieval scholar Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote that ‘three armed men would be able to defend [it], even if you had the whole kingdom of Britain at your side’.

But the link collapsed in the 15th or 16th centuries. English Heritage chief executive Kate Mavor said: ‘Tintagel has been made whole again. Our new bridge both protects the castle’s archaeology and brings its story to life.’


The original bridge was said to be so narrow that three knights could have defended Tintagel Castle against an entire kingdom

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...velopment.html
 
Danbones
#2
The "Black lake" Arthur fought off the Saxons at is in the Swiss alps By the real Mt SION.
The Schwarzsee.

As is/was Camelot.

(pro tip: It's the area bounded by the Kandergrund, Martigny and Lotschepass and where the Black lake (Shwarzsee) is.

If you look closely near there you will also see where "Asse gard" was/is.
Last edited by Danbones; Aug 11th, 2019 at 06:47 AM..
 
Danbones
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Quote:

The original bridge was said to be so narrow that three knights could have defended Tintagel Castle against an entire kingdom

Yes, well that would be a kingdom of OTHER brits I take it?

Carry on.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

The "Black lake" Arthur fought off the Saxons at is in the Swiss alps.

As is/was Camelot.


Camelot is not in Switzerland.

And Celts did not fight Anglo-Saxons there.
 
Curious Cdn
#5
It is a beautiful, elegant little bridge. Engineering as a "high" art ...

I read condemnations of it that it doesn't fit the ancient yadda-yadda but it is quite "gorgeous", really.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Camelot is not in Switzerland.
And Celts did not fight Anglo-Saxons there.

Well, right near there during WWII and WWII they did ...
 
Blackleaf
#7
Notes on...

A bridge to the past: Tintagel’s complex history

William Cook



In search of Camelot: The new and old footbridges


William Cook
31 August 2019
The Spectator

Halfway across the brand new bridge that links the two halves of Tintagel Castle, there’s a gap where you can look down at the waves crashing on the rocks below. Don’t worry; it’s only a few inches wide so there’s no danger of falling through it. But it’s a thrilling reminder that you’re suspended between an island and the mainland; between the present and the past.

Like a lot of places in Cornwall, Tintagel has a complicated history. It was a big settlement during the Dark Ages, bigger than London at the time, and very well connected with the lands around the Med. More Mediterranean pottery has been found here than anywhere else in Britain. Why was Tintagel so important? No one seems sure. Those Mediterranean sailors may have been coming for tin, but they could have found it elsewhere in Cornwall.

By the Middle Ages, Tintagel was a ruin, and it might have remained so if a medieval hack called Geoffrey of Monmouth hadn’t written a racy book called The History of the Kings of Britain. Some of the stuff he wrote was fairly accurate, but the bit about Tintagel was pretty fanciful. For some reason he decided it was the place where King Arthur was born, inspiring Richard of Cornwall (the younger brother of Henry III, and one of the richest men in England) to build a new castle on the site, straddling the narrow isthmus that linked the old settlement to the mainland.

For several centuries Richard’s castle was party central, a place for knights to enjoy some R’n’R, but then the isthmus collapsed and Tintagel became a ruin again, forgotten until Tennyson put it on the tourist trail. Sightseers came here in search of Camelot and though they only found a heap of rubble the location is spectacular, surrounded by jagged rocks and open water.

Before English Heritage built this footbridge you had to be quite fit to reach the part of the castle on the island (technically a promontory, not an island, but never mind). You had to clamber down the cliff and up again, along a steep and narrow staircase: perfectly safe, but tough going for kids and oldies. Now anyone can get across in a few minutes. I thought this modern bridge would be an eyesore but the graceful design is unobtrusive. By uniting the two sides of the castle it actually completes the view.

Originally the adjacent town was called Trevena, but when tourism took off it became known as Tintagel, after the castle. The town is full of gift shops hawking all sorts of Arthurian tat, closer to Monty Python and the Holy Grail than Excalibur. No matter. Even in Medieval times, Tintagel was a work of fiction. Like the bridge, these tacky souvenirs are part of its complex history — the story of how a real place became the location for a legend.



And despite the knick-knacks and the traffic jams, some of Tintagel’s old magic endures. As I walked up the hill towards the car park, past shops selling Cornish fudge and Cornish pasties, I stopped to catch my breath and looked back at the castle, silhouetted against the sky. Did King Arthur ever live here? Probably not. But this is still a special place, where an awful lot has happened. If only I believed in Merlin, I might like it even more.

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/08/...mplex-history/