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Pomparles Bridge

Pomparles Bridge is a possible site for the place where Excalibur was thrown into the Lake.

The monks of Glastonbury from about the 12th century said that Pomparles Bridge, in Somerset, or the 'Pont Perilous' or 'Perilous Bridge' as they believed it was originally called, was the original Lake into which Excalibur was thrown by Sir Bedivere.

 

 The derivation of the name "Pomparles Bridge" is possibly from the French pont perilleux, or "perilous bridge."

 

Pomparles Bridge Somerset

Pomparles Bridge, which is just outside Glastonbury, once guarded the Southern approach to this ancient Dark Age town.

 

In the 5th and 6th Centuries, at the time of Arthur, Glastonbury stood on high ground above the marshy waters of the Somerset Levels before they were largely drained away in a myriad of rhynes or small ditches.

 

The boggy ground below Wearyall Hill once formed a lake

that many claim to be the home of the Lady of the Lake, and Pomparles Bridge would have spanned its western end. From this bridge, Sir Bedivere may have thrown the great sword Excalibur back into the swirling waters after King Arthur fell at the fateful Battle of Camlann.

 

 

This battle was to be Arthur's last, and the wounded king was then borne across the waters to the Isle of Avalon, which may have been Glastonbury Tor, and perhaps buried in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey.

 

Pomparles Bridge crosses the River Brue just south of the town of Glastonbury.
 

"A mile before [the river Brue] reaches Glastonbury, it comes to a bridge of four stone arches, which is known as Pontperlus, and it was here, according to legend, that King Arthur cast his sword into it."


 According to to John Leland's Itinerary.

Before the draining of the region, the Pomparles Bridge area used to be underwater. Today the Pomparles Bridge only spans a small river.

When the Somerset Levels were covered with water, Glastonbury Tor was an island.

 

Many consider this to be the Isle of Avalon to which Arthur was taken to treat his mortal wounds from the Battle at Camlann. It is not surprising therefore that there is an Excalibur legend concerning Pomparles Bridge.

 

Bride’s Mound is located in an area known as Beckery. A papal charter of 1168 refers to Beckery as the one of the 7 islands in the Abbey's estate - Avalon, Beckery, Marchey, Godney, Meare, Panborough & Nyland. The name Beckery is said to perhaps come from bheachaire ay meaning ‘Beekeeper's Island’.


Bride’s Mound was once surrounded by the tidal waters of the River Brue, which could be crossed at Pomparles Bridge, known as the Pons Perilous in the Grail legends. Pomparles Bridge is also reputed to be the site where King Arthur's knight threw away Excalibur.

 

 

 

 

 

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