King Arthur's Round Table
Neolithic / Bronze Age Henge
Eamont Bridge, South of Penrith, Cumbria OS Map Ref NY523284
OS Maps - Landranger 90 (Penrith & Keswick), Explorer OL5 (The English Lakes: NE Area)


King Arthur's Round Table
King Arthur's Round Table. Mayburgh Henge can be seen at the top left of the picture
King Arthur's Round Table Entrance
View of the banks and entrance from the central area of the henge
King Arthur's Round Table - Plan Of The Site The monument of King Arthur's Round Table at Eamont Bridge is a circular earthwork measuring nearly 90 metres across consisting of a central raised area about 24 metres in diameter from which a causeway 3.5 metres wide extends towards the southeast. It passes over a ditch with a width that varies from 12 metres to 16 metres and a depth of roughly 1.5 metres then across a leveled berm 7 metres wide where it joins the 7.5 metre wide entrance through the bank. This bank measures between 10 -12 metres wide and has a maximum height of 1.7 metres falling away to just over half a metre at its lowest point. Unfortunately most of the northern part of the monument beyond the central area and a section of the eastern arc has been lost after 19th century building work and the construction of the roadway and nearby buildings, this destruction also included a northern entrance similar to the one now remaining.
The monument itself is the central of three henges that stand in a triangle of land to the west of the confluence of the Rivers Lowther and Eamont, the henge to the south (the Little Round Table) having been all but destroyed and the other, the huge Mayburgh, standing a few hundred metres away to the west. It is interesting that although these three monuments are not in a straight line King Arthur's Round Table is clearly visible through the entrance of Mayburgh Henge and there can be not doubt that the were in some way linked physically and spiritually in the minds of the prehistoric population of the area.
Glossary Items: Neolithic, Bronze Age

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