Somerset has its Camelot candidate then Cornwall must have one too.
Old Cornish legend relates how King Arthur's principal fortress of
Camelot now lies buried beneath the small Cornish town of Camelford, a
place in the heart of King Arthur Country with an obviously connected
name. Shakespeare locates the town in Cerniw in King Lear when the
Duke of Kent addresses the Duke of Cornwall thus:
"Goose, if I
had you upon Sarum Plain,
The connection between Camelford and Chrétien
De Troyes' Camelot appears to be solely based upon the town's
name, "The Ford over the River Camel". The Shakespearean
reference, as well as being extremely late, is far from certainly
addressed to the Duke of Cornwall. Kent is likely talking to Oswald with
whom he had been arguing immediately prior to Cornwall's entrance. It is
true that Tintagel is not far from
Camelford and that Slaughter Bridge, one of the most persistent claimants
to be the site of the Battle
of Camlann, is only a mile to the North on the same River Camel;
but this latter identification appears to have been based on the
mistranscription of a nearby Dark Age memorial stone which was thought to
include the word "Arthur". It seems likely that Camelford
has no true Arthurian associations whatsoever.
I'd drive ye cackling home to Camelot."