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King Arthur's Great Halls..Story 

Tintagel is the natural centre from which all things in connection with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table should radiate. King Arthur is a worldwide asset and it is fitting that at Tintagel, his birth place, something should be in existence which acts as the point to which thoughts of people can turn, and where the necessary inspiration can be disseminated to enable King Arthur's ideals to be a living force for all time.
To many, Tintagel is a hallowed spot, and the increasing number of people who visit it each year solely because of its association with this wonderful early King, testify to a desire to keep his ideals before them. The world would have been poorer in the past without King Arthur, and something less noble today or in the future.
Building on the halls commenced in 1929, completed in 1933 and officially opened at Pentecost the same year. It is possible to show within the building in a dramatic way, scenes which have been prepared and which refer to the principle symbolic events in the story of King Arthur, such as the choosing of Arthur to be King - the gift to him of the great Sword Excalibur - the presentation to him of the Round Table - the achievement of the Sangreal - the passing of King Arthur, etc. Thus will the great story live again.

Local and Cornish workmen were employed, as far as possible, because of their love for the great King who once ruled over their land. The spirit of craftsmanship was revived so that the building is the result of the hands of those who have the personal interest  that is given to good workmen. The Halls stand as a central Temple of Chivalry where inspiration can be obtained by all who are interested in reviving the Ideal of Chivalry. This alone will enable all the world to live in peace, which should be the foundation and standard of every civilised land, and yet will not interfere with the freedom of any person concerning their nationality or race, religion or creed or political opinion. When the Round Table was made it was said that all the world, Christian and heathen,  could meet at it and that it was for all the world to repair unto. Thus was forecast the means by which the Kingdom of God on earth should come to pass and our hope is that this centre may help to bring about that which is desired by so many.

Everything in these halls is based upon the Arthurian Romances; the whole of it's symbols are directly associated with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
     (The above details are taken from the official book 'King Arthur's Great Hall Of Chivalry, Tintagel'.)

Advert For Monk and Glass CustardKing Arthur's Hall was the brainchild of Frederick Thomas Glasscock, a retired London businessman, who came to Tintagel early in the twentieth century and who was captivated by the legend. He had the wealth to translate his dream into reality and has left us a legacy for all to enjoy. 
Frederick Glasscock was a partner in the famous Monk & Glass custard firm which was based in Clarkenwell, London.
Bird's custard bought the company in the early part of the century. The company are purported to  have invented 'Hundreds & Thousands', today mainly used for cake decorations If any one has any details, mementoes or any other artefacts of the old company, Monk & Glass, the directors of King Arthur's Great Halls would be delighted to hear from you..
It is known that Bob Monkhouse, the famous British comedian, was related to the other partner, Monkhouse.
Over two hundred million people have visited the Halls since they opened in June 1933. The Hall was a venue in 1995 of the BBC's  'National Lottery Live' television programme. The producer wanted to shift the Granite  Round Table but it  is eight feet in diameter, is in five sections and weighs a ton, so he dropped this idea! 
Glasscock's 'Fellowship Of The Knights Of the Round Table Of King Arthur' was founded in 1927 and by the  early 1930s membership had reached 17,000, although some newspaper reports put it as high as 250,000. 
Glasscock worked hard at the Fellowship creating Chapters & Cells both in the UK and abroad, establishing branches in New South Wales, Australia, in Canada and in Boston, Massachusetts. Four ladies were employed  at the Halls processing membership and Glasscock wrote copious books and articles on the functions of the Fellowship and its different chapters.
One year after the Grand Opening of the Halls, Glasscock, with his wife and secretary, left Tintagel, and travelled to America on a lecture and recruiting drive. In mid July he left Boston  for home on the Cunard liner Scythia but he died of a heart attack on 26th July 1934, aged 63, and was buried at sea. 
The Fellowship was wound up on 21st November 1936, and the Halls were only viewed by appointment.               
The Freemasons of Tintagel purchased the building in 1952 and have looked after the building since that time. It is only since the early 1990s that the Halls have been opened on a full time commercial basis. In 1993, the Fellowship was revived on a more straightforward basis and details of its aims and objectives can be obtained  from the Halls. At this time there are about three hundred members worldwide. 

Whilst this is only a brief history of these wonderful Halls, the magical, mysterious feeling you get when you enter  the Halls, can only be experienced by a visit to King Arthur's Great Halls, Tintagel, Cornwall, England. 
The beauty of the marvellous 72 Stained Glass Windows, all created by a lady called Veronica Whall, the artefacts on show and the Presentation on King Arthur's life make this one of the highlights of your visit to Tintagel, if not the highlight of your life!

                              The Halls are OPEN from 1st March to 31st October from 10am to 5pm
Six Days a Week
Monday to Saturday
Telephone 01840 770526

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