King Arthur's bridge will rise again

Mail Online | 2/20/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
CarisCaris (Posted by) Level 3
Click For Photo:

Click For Video:

A Cornish castle has received a £2.5 million cash donation to rebuild a connection that once allowed Uther Pendragon to sire his son, Arthur.

The crossing will link the separate parts of Tintagel Castle - on the mainland and on a rocky outcrop - via a bridge 187ft (57m) above sea level.

Sections - Castle - Land - Masses - Medieval

Sections of the castle are on both land masses and a medieval drawbridge once joined them together but perished centuries ago.

According to folklore, the castle was home to the king and the birthplace of Arthur, after the monarch enlisted the help of Merlin in crossing the gorge and bedding the wife of the Duke of Cornwall.

Foot - Gorge - Locations - Foot - Path

A 190 foot gorge separates the two locations and they are currently only accessible by foot via a rocky path.

The solution, according to English Heritage, is to build a 98 foot (30 metres) long bridge made of two separate cantilevers,

Design - Inch - Gap - Middle - People

The two-pronged design is to leave a 1.5 inch (4cm) gap in the middle to allow people to appreciate the moment they step to the other side.

The original bridge that joined the two parts of the castle together crumbled some time between the 14th and 17th century and the modern day replacement will be built in the same location.

Heritage - Project - Donation - Philanthropists - Heir

English Heritage is leading the project following the donation from philanthropists, and heir to the Tetra Pak fortune, Hans and Julia Rausing which adds to smaller contributions from more than 1,000 people.

Julia and Hans Rausing said: 'It is a pleasure to support English Heritage and Tintagel Castle.


'The new footbridge is a...
(Excerpt) Read more at: Mail Online
Wake Up To Breaking News!
Sign In or Register to comment.

Welcome to Long Room!

Where The World Finds Its News!