Introduction

Hi and welcome to my site.
Cheshire is full of weird and wonderful stories of the supernatural, local heores and the mysterious.
I will take you on a tour as I look deep into the Cheshire that lies underneath the wonderful countryside and find the secrets that still hide there.
What magic and long lost secrets will we find?
So, sit back and enjoy my journey. This is a land of Magic, Knights, Dragons, Wizards, Witches, Boggarts, Murder, Ghosts and Old Forgotten Knowledge.


I would love to hear your stories as well. So if you have anything you would like me to look into and find information out, please let me know.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

King Arthur.




King Arthur and The Knights of The Round Table.

The Arthurian Legend runs the full lenght of the country.
I will cover the Cheshire area but there are so many interesting tales connecting King Arthur, his knights, Guinevere, Merlin and The Holy Grail from Wales and Shropshire. That I will continue the story to cover these areas as well.
King Arthur's Knights were the best of the best. They were fair and of the highest honour. They followed a strict code which included .----
- Never take up battles in wrongful quarrels for love or worldly goods.
- Never lay down arms.
- Defend the weak and good.
- Give one's life for your country, King and Lord.
- Fight for the safety of your country.
- Never break your faith.
- Grant hospitality to anyone in need.

No one can agree on how many knights King Arthur had. They range from 13 to 1,000. I have listed the names that crop up time and time again.
- King Arthur
- Sir Galahad
- Sir Lancelot du Lac
- Sir Gawain
- Sir Percivale
- Sir Lionell
- Sir Tristram de Lyones
- Sir Gareth
- Sir Bedivere
- Sir Bleoberis
- Sir Lucan
- Sir Palomedes
- Sir Lamorak
- Sir Bors de Ganis
- Sir Safer
- Sir Pelleas
- Sir Kay
- Sir Dagonet
- Sir Alymere
- Sir Mordred
King Arthur not only had the country's best men at his side but his wife, Guinevere and his wizard, Merlin.

Mythical weapons and treasures are also associated with Arthur, like his sword Excalibur.
These were called The Thirteen Treasures of Britain.

DYRNWYN
The blade of this sword would burst into flames in the hands of a noble man but nothing would happen in the hands of the unworthly.
THE HAMPER OF GWYDDNO GARANHIR
Whatever food was placed in it, it would increase 100 fold next time it was opened.
HORN OF BRAN GALED
This served whatever drink you wanted.
CHARIOT OF MORGAN MWYNVAR
This transported its owner anywhere they wanted to go, very quickly.
HALTER OF CLYNO EIDDYN
Tie this halter up and wish for any horse you want. This would appear the next day in the halter.
KNIFE OF LLAWFRONEDD FARCHAWG
This would carve for 24 men at a meal.
CAULDRON OF DIWRNACH THE GIANT
This only boiled water for a brave man.
WHETSTONE OF TUDWAL TUDGLYD
If a brave man used this to sharpen his sword, it would kill any man it was used on.
COAT OF PADARN RED COAT
This would only it a nobleman
CROCK OF RHYGENYDD
This cooked only the food you liked best.
DISH OF RHYGENYDD
This served the food you liked best.
GWYDDBWLL BOARD OF GWENDDOLAU
This gold chess board with silver pieces, would play by themselves when set up.
MANTLE OF ARTHUR
Whoever wore this cloak, turned invisible.
You may of heard of slightly different versions of each of these and by different names. Items like these appear throughout history.

Now we will move onto the area's associated with Arthur.

CHESHIRE.

Alderley Edge.
This is where Merlin lived and watched over Arthur and his knights while they slept nearby.

Wincle.
Lud's church is where Sir Gawain killed The Green Knight.

WALES.

Llyn Llydaw, Snowdonia.
King Arthur and his knights sleep here in a secret cave. Excalibur lies in the waters nearby.

CASTELL DINAS BRAN, LLANGOLLEN.
Resting place for the Holy Grail.

BASHERTON POOLS, PEMBROKE.
These lakes are said to be home to the Lady of the Lake who gave Arthur his sword.

CRAIG-Y-DDINAS, PONT NEDD FECHAN.
These caves are another resting place of King Arthur.

NANTEOS HOUSE, ABERYSTWYTH.
This house is said to have housed The Holy Grail hidden there by Arthur.

BARDSEY ISLAND
Merlin is said to have hidden the 13 treasures of Britain here, in a glass tower.

CAERLEON.
One of the sites for Camelot and Arthur sleeps nearby.

BRYN MYRDDIN, CARMARTHEN.
Known as Merlin's Hill. Merlin is kept prisoner under this hill. It is also known as Merlin's place of birth.

CEFYN BRYN.
Arthur is said to appear in full armour when its a full moon and emerge from under a stone (known as Arthur's stone) and walks toward Llandrhidian.

DINAS EMRYS.
A lord wanted to build a tower. When building started on Vortigern's Tower, it collapsed. He asked the Druid's why this happened and they told him to sacrifice a boy. A young lad was bought but this lad said that the tower fell because two dragons fought beneath the ground in a stone chest. This lad grew up to become Merlin.

ANGLESEY.
Arthur sleeps in a cave on the coast. This is also said to have been Avalon.


SHROPSHIRE.

OSWESTRY.
A nearby hillfort is said to have been owned by Guinevere's father, Gogyrfan.

THE WREKIN.
The fort of Cuneglasus (Arthur's son).

MUCH WENLOCK PRIORY, MUCH WENLOCK.
King Arthur's Crown Jewels are hidden here.

CAER CARADOC, NR CHURCH STRETTON.
The 13 treasures of Braitian are hidden here and it is also said to be Avalon.

MITCHELL's FOLD STONE CIRCLE.
Arthur is said to have drawn his sword from the stone here.

WHITTINGTON CASTLE.
This castle was build by Pain Perevil, who was married to Lynette the granddaughter of the Welsh Baren Cadfarch (a direct descendant of Owain Ddantgwyn, Arthur).
It is also a hiding place of The Holy Grail, which was hidden in the Chapel.

HAWKSTONE PARK.
This place has ben linked with The Holy Grail.




Information on Arthur and some of the key people in his legend.

Arthur
.Son of Uther Pendragon and Ugraine of Cornwall
.Married Guinevere
.He led the defence of Britain against the Saxons in the early 6th century
.Pagon
.He creats an Authurian Empire by conquesting Ireland, Orkney Islands, Norway, Denmark and France
.Whilst defending the Roman Emperor Lucius Tiberius in France, he hears that his bastard son, Mordred(whom he had left in charge of Britain) had told everyone that he had died, married Guinevere and seized his throne. He returns and finds out that Guinevere had also had an affair with Lancelot. He fights his final battle with Mordred. Mordred is killed by Arthur but Modred mortally woundes Arthur and he is taken to the Island of Avalon to die
.Arthur passed his crown to Constantine

Guinevere
.Daughter of Leodegrance of Cameliard
.married Arthur
.had an affair with Lancelot
.put on trail for treason, found guilty, put to the stake but rescused by Garth

Lancelot
.Son of Ban of Benwick and raised by The Lady of the Lake
.He was loved by Elaine of Astolat but he didnt love her and she died of a broken heart. Before she died she tricked him into sleeping with her and from that Galahad was born
.Lancelot loved Guinevere

Modred
.Arthur's bastard son by his half sister Morgause(wife of King Lot)
.Traitor to his father
.kill's Arthur

Galahad
.Son of Lancelot and Elaine of Corbenic(or Astolat)
.Best known for achieving the quest for the Holy Grail

Gawain
.Son of King Lot of Orkney and Morgause(Arthur's half sister)
.Mordred's half brother, Arthur's nephew
.Fights the Green Knight

Gareth
.Son of King Lot and Morgause
.Modred's brother, Arthur's nephew
.He was killed by Lancelot when he rescuses Guinevere from the stake

Kay
.Hot tempered and sharp tongued
.not liked by the rest by loyal to Arthur

Tristram
.Nephew to King Mark of Cornwall
.He fell in love with Isolt(King Mark's bride and Queen). They had an affair

Perceval
.one of The Grail Knights