King Arthur’s grave, Camelford

Long before the grave at Glastonbury was discovered in the 12th century, this stone was placed near the market town of Camelford in Cornwall, which is believed to have been the site of Camelot.

The nine-foot-long memorial stone is engraved in Ogam and in Latin and dates to around 540 CE. This is approximately the time of the final battle between Arthur and his nephew Mordred, the battle of Camlann.

The stone was first recorded in 1602 by Richard Carew in his Survey of Cornwall.  He said it was marked with Arthur’s name.  Alfred Lord Tennyson came here to be inspired to write The Idylls of the King.

This unused postcard from Frith’s Series has a space for a half penny stamp.  It has a lovely sepia tone.