King Arthur's Great Halls, Tintagel
The characterful Cornish village of Tintagel is a natural centre for all things with a connection with the legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
The Arthuruian legends have now spread across the globe and it is appropriate that Tintagel, claimed by many to be the birth place of the fabled king should be the centre of all things connected with the legends of King Arthur.
King Arthur's Hall was the creaton of retired London businessman Frederick Thomas Glasscock, who arrived in Tintagel early in the twentieth century and was inspired by the legendary tale.
The Tintagel attraction has been featured in many films and television programmes and contains a round table and granite thrones. It is based on the symbolism and ideals of Arthurian tradition, specifically those of care and consideration for our fellow human beings. The legend of King Arthur is brought vividly to life with a spectacular laser show, music and a narration by actor Robert Powell.
King Arthur's Great Hall which was opened 1933, a granite and slate building, it occupies a plot in Tintagel's Fore Street. It was built by Glasscock in the early 1930s and originally served as the headquarters for a social organization known as the Order of the Fellowship of the Knights of the Round Table.
It contains some works of art relating to the Arthurian legend and is a popular visitor attraction for Arthurian enthusiasts. It has been visited by people from all over the world and now boasts over two million visitors since it opened.
The beautiful 72 stained glass windows in the hall illustrate the Arthurian tales and are the work of Veronica Whall, a pupil of William Morris. They relate the story of King Arthur and display the coats of arms and weapons of King Arthur's knights.
The windows are considered to be the largest collection of stained glass panels of King Arthur made in the twentieth century and are a superb example of Arts and Crafts workmanship.There are also several paintings of scenes from King Arthur's life by the artist William Hatherell.
The shop stocks a whole array of specially commissioned Arthurian products and books that are despatched all over the world to followers of all ages of the Arthurian legend.