Last week my course took a trip to the Witchcraft museum in Boscastle as well as the small Cornish town of Tintagel. They are both really cute and pretty areas, despite some slightly disturbing sights in the museum. So,I thought I would share with you some of my favourite pictures from the trop. *Warning some of the pictures from the museum are slightly disturbing*
Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft and Magic:
The museum was originally opened by Cecil Williamson in Stratford-upon-Avon, however locals opposed it so it moved to the Isle of Man. Eventually it was opened in Boscastle in 1960. In 1996 it was sold to Graham King, who took ownership of it on Halloween.
Some of you may recognise the name Boscastle or the images, as it featured heavily in the news when it flooded in 2004. Luckily Grahams’ quick thinking helped to save the museum as he was the first to raise the alarm when the flood hit. The museum had a huge clean-up operation and a miraculous recovery. It re-opened with new exhibition spaces and actually saw more visitors than ever before!
Many of you may also recognise the name Tintagel. This is because in the 12th century Geoffrey of Monmouth named it as the place were King Arthur was conceived. Since then it has known much literacy fame. In the 1230s the Earl of Cornwall built a castle there, to ensure the legend would remain.
From around AD450 it was known for its trade with the Mediterranean world. It was covered in small rectangular buildings, some are still visible to this day. The sites headland, known as the Island has views over the whole southern part of the Bristol Channel.
Despite the castle being barely used, the legend of Arthur continued. In 1480 William Worcestre claimed Tintagel as the place of Arthur’s birth. However, in 1650 the name King Arthur’s Castle was found and then it was known that the legendary Camelot was the place of King Arthur’s castle.