A custard millionaire, Frederick Thomas Glassock (d1934) realised and dedicated the indoor attraction, King Arthur’s Great Halls, to the Arthurian legend.
|View of Tintagel Castle|
He was a partner in Monk and Glass, a custard company, based in Clerkenwell, London, ultimately bought out by the rival Birds custard firm from Birmingham.
|The Great Hall|
Glassock after holidaying down near Tintagel Castle early in the 20th century became hooked on the Arthurian Legend, created the Halls.
|One of the 72 amazing stained|
They have featured in many tv programmes and films: the halls include an authentic round table and granite thrones surrounded by 72 fabulous stained glass windows. These windows were created by a member of the Arts and Crafts Movement telling the story of Arthur, and show the Coats of Arms and weapons of the knights.
This avid Arthurian supporter would be happy to be associated with the Chough – the national bird of Cornwall – according to legend did not die after his last battle but rather his soul migrated into the body of a red-billed chough – the red colour of its bill and legs being derived from the blood of the last battle and hence killing the bird was unlucky.
Choughs have been recorded as part of Cornish history since at least the 13th century … their Cornish name is Palores, meaning ‘digger’ and that’s just what they do to find their invertebrate food.
|Arms of Thomas Becket|
(heraldic: argent three Cornish Choughs
proper two and one)
In heraldry, choughs are known as “beckits”. Three red-billed choughs are depicted on the coat of arms of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. The city of Canterbury also has choughs on its coat of arms, because of its connection to the saint.
Here's a link to my Tintagel Castle post I wrote during the 2012 A - Z, when I was writing about castles.
That is C for the Custard King captivated by the Arthurian legend, creating King Arthur’s Great Hall of Chivalry, Tintagel … and the chirpy chattering Choughs from Aspects of British Cornish …
For more information about the Beckit, Becket, Beckett name and thus the connection with Thomas a' Beckett please see Beckett Name History ... or here The Heraldry Society (it's not easy to read!)
The Stained Glass artist was very well known - Veronica Whall, whose father was very instrumental in the Arts and Crafts Movement. Veronica was a painter, an illustrator and very good at stained glass windows ...
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