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Eamont Bridge and Arthur's Round Table


Two prehistoric henge monuments have become known as Arthur's Round Table, a common theme in folklore were ancient structures become romanticised into legendary sites.  A cave near Eamont Bridge called giants cave is associated with two legendary giants called Tarquin and Isir. Tarquin was slain by Arthurs champion, Sir Lancelot, and Isir is said to have lived in the cave existing on a diet of human flesh.

Arthurs Round TableArthurs Round Table

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Northen Lass
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Ian Topham

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Mayburgh henge

Just down and across the road is Mayburgh henge, now most of the stones are missing but there is an impressive, the entrance to the site faces Arthur's round table.Maybe they were part of a bigger monument once.

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Re: Eamont Bridge

Rude Stone Monuments In All Countries, Their Age And Uses (1872) By James Fergusson (1808-1886)

Arthur's Round Table. It consists, or consisted, of a vallum of oartli, as near as can be made out, 300 feet from crest to crest; but about one-third of the circle being cut away to form a road, it is not easy to speak with certainty. Inside the rampart is a broad berm, then a ditch, and in the centre a plateau about 170 feet in diameter, slightly raised in the centre. No stone is visible on the surface, though the rampart when broken into shows that it is principally composed of them. There is now only one entrance through the rampart and across the ditch, but as both entrances existed in Pennant's time (1772), and are figured in his plan of the monument, I have not hesitated to restore the second accordingly. The distance between Mayborough and King Arthur's Round Table is about 110 yards, and at about the same distance from the last-named monument, a third circle existed in Pennant's time. It seems, however, to have been in his day at least only a circular ditch, and has now entirely disappeared.



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