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Hail there my subjects I'm Cerdic the very first King Of Wessex and the new www.wessex.me.uk website is MINE.  I landed in Britain in 497AD and conquered the Britons with my Saxon legions.

I came to Chard - which is named after
me ( originally Cerde). Here I made my headquarters. This therefore became my headquarters and the first capital of Wessex. (Actually my full name was Cerdic Von Wessex.)
  • My father was a Saxon Wizard called LLyr Merini. Yes legend has it that he was Merlin.  I was an illegitimate son so was Arthur.
  • Both my name in Saxon and Arthur's name in Celt mean Strongarm.
  • My wife was Guignier, sister of Cador, Prince of Cornwall. (King Arthur married Guenevere, raised in the household of Cador Duke of Cornwall).
  • I also spent 25 years in Gaul and ruled at Nantes and Vannes. (King Arthur spent 9 years subduing Gaul and held court in Paris. Reigned in Nantes in some stories)
  • I was the dynastic founder of Glamorgan. (King Arthur reigned for 5 years in Glamorgan).
  • Medrot was my Grandson (Arthur died fighting his nephew Modred)
  • Other coincidences in the story of King Arthur is that h
  • e goes to Dunbarton and fights the Picts and Scots. There is an emphasis on Dunbarton. This may have been due to confusion of Cerdic with Ceredig of Dunbarton. Someone named Ceredig gathered a fleet and ravaged the coast of Ireland around the year 450AD . King Arthur conquered Ireland and Iceland.
  • Whilst the story of King Arthur is obviously built up in legend, like that of Robin Hood, it seems that much of that legend was based on Cerdic. 
  •  Wessex grew into one of Britain's largest Kingdoms ( along with Mercia and Northumbria) and Cerdic's descendant King Alfred became King of England.
    Thus Cerdic's blood line runs through to the British Royal family to this day. The last British king to also be King of Wessex was Harold.
  • Now after a thousand years the Queen's Son, Prince Edward is the next Earl of Wessex.

Chard Stone

  • Whilst other places claim to be Camelot. We know it was supposed to be on the highest point between the English and Bristol Channels. Chard is the highest town in Somerset on the Blackstock Hills and near the highest point betwenn the Bristol and English Channels.
  • So as you continue through Chard just think Sir Lancelot, Guenevere or King Arthur could have stood there before you. Just think you might even find Excalibur, my famous sword.dininghall
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"Cerdic Elesing, King of Wessex and ancestor of all subsequent British monarchs, narrates in this fictional biography how he murdered, cheated, looted and lied his way to the great position he ultimately held -- and in the process served with the great Roman leader Ambrosius and the Saxon warlord Aella, and was the foe Arthur defeated at Mount Badon."
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 Hail to my kingdom. and to my capital town, Chard. I am King and like it and I keep an eye on my subjects. In these columns I still reign. 497 - 2011AD. I have seen a lot of changes and I am sure there will be many more. European Federation ? Is that something new ? I think not - I  am in charge here and I am a Saxon. Warnings to my subjects will be covered by my Knight in Shining Armour. Welcome to www.wessex.me.uk, www.wessextouristboard.org.uk,Camelot and Wassail.   I am always available by  clicking here

Oy vey we are all Jewish

Want a laugh I have been writing to one of those silly Jewish Conspiracy sites who accuse the Royal Family of being Jewish because they had their children circumcised by a Jewish surgeon. They also claim that the British Aristocracy is Jewish & much more. The word “Brit” apparently derives from the Hebrew for “pact” or “covenant” ( i.e. the Jewish Covenant with God.)
They have been publishing the comments from Cerdic Von Wessex, who denies he or his family are Jewish! They are simple enough to not realize that a man who died in 534AD is writing to them- no wonder they believe such rubbish. Small minds are easily led. Can anyone direct them to the Synagogue in Chard? Their source is someone with a surname that sounds like Madcow. Local farmers should be ready for a cull.


From The Knight in Shining Armour
In our area we have found that whilst goods are good value many of the services are overcharging mainly because they feel they have a monopoly in the area. We feel that consumers have the right to know about overcharging, bad workmanship & downright roguery. So we are prepared to name & shame such traders. Your Knight in Shining armour will report regularly on this page- don't be caught out be wary.

Willie Wyvern Trustmark

Avoiding a cowboy builder or unqualified electrician has been made easier by the launch of a new scheme to register and assess tradesman who work in your home or business.

Trustmark is a scheme endorsed by the Government and Trading Standards that can help you be sure that the tradesmen you ask to work in your home are reputable and trustworthy.

Firms wanting to use the Trustmark badge must satisfy the scheme operator that they are fit to do the work proposed, have adequate insurance and operate a user-friendly complaints procedure in case anything goes wrong.
Many recent television programmes reveal ‘rogue traders’ or ‘dodgy builders’ and have the audience shaking their heads in disbelief as to what they are witnessing. Many of us take it for granted that we are not or will not be a victim.

The Office of Fair Trading state that ‘cowboy builders’ and ‘rogue tradesmen’ are a £1.5 Billion problem, with 38% of the public not trusting tradesmen at all, and 65% of people feeling uncomfortable about leaving trades people in their home unaccompanied. Having trust in your tradesman is paramount when you have to live with the final consequences

Knight in Shining Armour

It has unfortunately been brought to our attention that a trader in Chard has failed to meet his obligations in regards to another trader in Chard, Mr. Jon Sloman trading as J.M.Refrigeration of 4 Leicester House, Crewkerne Road, Chard, Somerset TA20 1HA who states " For All Your Refrigeration Needs Sales & Service" took a Williams Refrigerator from a well known local shop on the understanding that he would sell it for the trader.  It is believed that he sold it for £300 well over a year ago. However he has never passed the money on - further he claims that the money was used to pay for his "Service Contract" with that trader. Yet since the date he took the refrigerator away he has failed to appear to do any service. (They have full receipts of the service done prior to that date)  He has been requested to produce documentation but has failed to do so. Caveat Emptor- It is in the interests of the community that the Knight in Shining Armour  warns the people and businesses of the area.

Willie Wyvern Knight in Shining Armour Willie Wyvern

 Con-Man Selva Carmichael to star and produce Bollywood Movie in Chard
after his earlier appearance at Bristol Jail!!!

See the Documentary made by MAKE World Media Ltd using our research on Selva Carmichael.

The link is  https://vimeo.com/90620930  The password is swindlers

Selva Carmichael
Carmichael in Spain
Selva Carmichael , real name Selvaraj Narasimman, 46,( Known as El Con by Daily Mirror readers) who wooed investors with trips abroad and promises of a quick return on their money, was jailed for four-and-a-half years in Bristol Jail for cheating investors in a Spanish property scam. Carmichael, who operated his company, The Carmichael Corporation, from offices in Bristol, offered people the chance to invest in property options or plots of land in the Spanish resort of La Manga. But soon after the operation began in 1996 "the whole thing was falling to bits".  Most of the investors never saw their money again including one woman who lost £100,000. Despite a police raid on his offices in 1997, Carmichael continued to trade as normal, telling investors that it was "all a mistake" and blaming the police for his problems.

Promising investors that he was going to transform the La Manga resort, the self-proclaimed  multi-millionaire, "wooed" his investors with lavish trips to apartments in Spain and promised them a 100% return within six months. Carmichael pleaded guilty to nine counts of obtaining money transfers by deception and one count of attempting to obtain property by deception. It was not known what Carmichael had done with the money.  After that he conned people in the village of Coin outside Marbella when he started managing the old BBC village of El Dorado. Stating that he was best friends with Richard Bransom  who he called Branston and that he rode with royalty. It did not take long before he was exposed by the Daily Mirror and ousted from Coin & El Dorado.

He also opened a restaurant in Newcastle Upon Tyne and fell foul of the local health authorities and was fined.

Then this year from "the Mail on Sunday" 21 May 2006 by Tony Hetherington:
"ONETV is a shambles. The Advertising Standards Authority upheld 65 complaints against the company, all from viewers who said goods had not arrived and OneTV had failed to refund their money. The company in Colchester, Essex, whined that several top managers had quit. And it is true that four directors have walked out in recent months, but that is just the start of it. Trading in the company's shares has been suspended and customers seeking reassurance from the friendly smiles of presenters displayed on OneTV's website should know that some of them have jumped ship as well. Debbie Flint is one of the bestknown faces on various TV shopping channels, but despite appearing on OneTV's website, she quit last month, announcing: 'I have decided not to present any more OneTV for the time being.' Hinting at problems behind the scenes, she offered her good wishes to employees 'during this difficult time'. The people really facing difficulties though, are the customers like the couple in Buxton, Derbyshire, who told me they paid £97 for a DVD recorder to be delivered by Christmas. When it had not arrived by January, they cancelled, but months later were still awaiting their refund. In the face of all this, OneTV boss Graham Avery, 61, will say absolutely nothing.   Avery, who has half-a-dozen other directorships, is probably too busy driving between his television studio in Colchester and his home in Ipswich in his luxury Mercedes. But at least he is more savoury than one of OneTV's owners, 45-year-old Selva Carmichael - he prefers this to his real name, Selvaraj Narasimman ."

Guess what! 
I found con-artist Selva Carmichael in a winebar in Chard on Wednesday 13th December 2006 spouting his next venture, and giving out his card under the name of a dissolved company. ( He is banned as a Company Director and been made bankrupt twice). Mr Selva Car Michael is now self-styled President of  SELVASCREEN INTERNATIONAL PLC. His card reads:
Film Financing
Film Production
Film Acadamy
Film Documentaries


Pinewood Studios,
Pinewood Road,

Iver Heath ,

Tel: +44 (0)1753 651700
Fax:+44 (0)1753 785737

Mobile :+44 (0) 7841 262 2066
Email: selva@selvascreen.com  
Website www.selvascreen.com


On Location
Selva The Star!
To The Manor Born
at Cricket St.Thomas

or is it another El Dorado?

or in OneTV's studio
selling Sponsorships.

Our Search shows: Company Details - SELVA SCREEN INTERNATIONAL PLC  Registered No. 05189862
Type:    Public limited with share capital   Incorporation Date:    27/07/2004
Status:    Dissolved company.
Last Accounts Filed:    -
Last Accounts Analysed:    -
See: http://www.ukdata.com/company-listings/Se-59.html

He pays by American Express card No  374289252191009. He claims the Company is owned by his wife and a friend, but it has been dissolved.  He arrived in Chard on Wednesday 13th December & announced he will be filming and starring as the Indian Prime Minister in his Bollywood spectacular in February at Cricket St.Thomas & that he wants to shut Holyrood Street for filming.
This article has been followed up by the  Western Daily Press see:

Response from Mr Selva Car Michael... alias of Selvaraj Narasimman
 I will try and reply the best whey I can and I trust this might clarify the situation and I hope you reflect on it.
In la manga , i felt that at the time there was a great potential in acquiring land on option and hold them for a period of time and ofload them for a profit and thus make monies for a small number of investors . As you expect a large proportion of monies were laid out by myself , my immediate family and a small group of friends, we started well but because our lack of understanding of spanish laws and things taking longer then our prediction we encountered financial problems and we just ran out monies thus the predicment we got ourselves into and some late investors losts monies and in any business there are risks for high returns.
since i owned the company I am responsible for the outcome, To deal with spanish was difficult enough but to be caught up in their system was even more difficult. Because of non payment of promised dividends the police became involved and their presence made in more difficult for us to proceed to finalise matters on behalf of us and our small number of investors and all we were delayed.
I pleaded non-guilty to charges for over 5 years but on the trial week I was advised that these matters were complicated for a simple jury to understand and against my better judgement pleaded guilty. on sentencing i realised that i should have pleaded not-guilty and tried very hard to change the plea on the basis that i made a mistake but failed.
on you have pleaded guilty you know the rest. I didnt wish to enter into something to lose monies for me or my investors but these were circumstances beyond my control. We were in La- Manga when a few people knew it ,its fair to say its a popular resort.
I am involved in other business including the one you potray , but as for One TV , i invested in shares with Mr Graham Avery with a group of friends and have no direct involvement in the management of One TV and have sold that stock a long time before it surfaced the company was in trouble , unfortunately the reporters in papers concerned are not the most credible and tend to make up their own stories and I taking legal advise on how to handle it. I have new been the owner of One TV or had anything to do with the management.
I took time to respond to this, I have never said that I was closing any street for filming, I am working on a film project and at cricket st -thomas witness by two individuals and i am even more baffled why you placed my card number and its a clear violation of privacy , we came to your bar had drinks and paid for it and left. I trust you will remove it .Should anybody use it clearly you are responsible as a manager of the pub and i will inform the authorities.  I didnt come to chard to con anybody as you portray and I trust you do understand . I took the time to write this and when I am chard next I will pop in to see you. 
Kind regards, 

Second email from Selva Carmichael
I have e-mail this article to my lawyers and asked them to look into the content as its although you based in on article that are written are wholly un-true and are under litigation you are demed liable for its content and clearly gone to other receipient and liablious. will be in contact soon. 
Kind regards, 

King2Editoral Comment: We are amazed to learn that twice bankrupt Selva Carmichael has money to invest in both a restaurant and One TV whilst the poor investors who lost their money, when he failed to buy the Spanish Land Options for them, have not seen a penny in retribution. The authorities should look into where the money he has to invest eminated from. It is all very well a man being convicted on 9 counts, but in excess of £1 million disappeared never to be found. Innocent citizens lost life savings and the perpetrator continues on his merry way. From 1997 Mr Carmichael was asked to produce the purchased options & always stated that they were elsewhere or some other feeble excuse. If he was innocent he only had to produce them. He never did. By any chance we are a website protecting unwary readers- not a pub

                        Social Life
Chard Is In The News

Yes, at last we have fame in Chard with romance in the air. As you will see from the photo adjoining this article it's all smiles as our happy couple proceed to play bingo at the Lacemill. Unfortunately all is not as it seems as the poor chap is a little short of funds as a result of his passion for bingo. After working hard for the community for over thirty years the ex-mayor is in need of funds and obviously needs assistance from all those he has helped over the years. So we ask all of you to give generously this festive season and think of the poor. He has thought about you in the past.
Anglo-Saxon Kings

My next story is about a newly found descendant of mine.
There has been a similar story in the Daily Mail on February 9th 2007 in regards to Albert James Turnbull from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, written by Liz Hull, and incorporating my picture which was drawn for this website by Juliet Davey.

 Maine man traces ancestry to 1st English king

By Glenn Adams, Associated Press Writer  |  September 3, 2006
My Picture is copywrite of Juliet Davey. For permission to reproduce:

                              Harwood HALLOWELL, Maine --After countless hours in libraries and on the Internet, painstaking searches through public records and a couple of trips overseas, Francis Harwood says his direct bloodline to England's first king more than a millennium ago is confirmed.

Standing in his living room before a 4-foot framed diagram of his family line, authenticated by the venerable College of Arms in London, the 72-year-old Harwood smiled with satisfaction.

"I gave them a lot of information so they could connect the bloodline" to King Egbert as well as all of the royal houses of Europe, the white-haired Harwood said. That included copies of birth, marriage and death certificates and wills.

Many of the records are from archives in London, but Harwood was able to do much of his research in libraries of Maine's private colleges and state university.

Along the way, he was gratified to draw information by meeting distant cousins but he also encountered frustrations of finding that some potentially useful records had been destroyed during World War II or otherwise disposed of.

As blessed by College of Arms heralds, the bloodline takes Harwood directly back to Egbert of Wessex, who is widely considered to be England's first king and died around 838. Also known as Egbert the Saxon, he unified all of the kingdoms of England under his rule in the early 800s.

The research even highlights ties, through Egbert's marriage, to the emperor Charlemagne, in whose court Egbert is believed to have lived during a period of exile from Britain.

Harwood said his direct tie to Egbert makes him a relative of the present Queen Elizabeth II and her son Charles, who will assume the throne.

"Many people have the pedigree, but they don't have the bloodline," he said.

Paul Milner, chairman of the British and Irish Forum for the National Genealogical Society, said royal connections are not so unusual, but it's not easy to prove it.

"If he's used the College of Arms, chances are he's got good documentation, especially on the earlier generations," said Milner, who was among more than 1,800 people attending a four-day Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Boston that concluded Saturday.

Milner said tens of thousands of people in America have royal English ancestors, but many who try to prove it find that it gets harder to make the connections the farther they go back.

To someone who's had occasion to spend time in London, the name Harwood may have a familiar ring. Francis Harwood showed photos taken during his visit a decade ago to what was long known as the Harwood Estate in a section of the British capital that touches the Thames River.

Many of the hundreds of houses, shops, pubs and banks in the area were occupied under 99-year leases, some of which expired in the 1990s, then sold to lease holders, Harwood, a retired accountant, explained as he spread out an old map of the sector.
He said the family in the United States lost contact with the Harwood family heirs in 1910. But if they had stayed connected, the American Harwoods might have gotten a share of real estate Harwood says is now "priceless."

A real estate agent told Harwood that a one-bedroom flat was going for 350,000 pounds, or about $750,000. But Harwood's quest isn't so much about money, it's more about the intrigue.

"I've had a ball with this thing," he said. "I love it."

He recalled walking along Harwood and Tyrawley roads while visiting the former estate in London in 1996. The latter name corresponds with the middle name of the first Harwood to come to America, whose portrait hangs over the fireplace in Francis Harwood's modest home.

Julian Tyrawley Harwood, Francis' great grandfather, settled on an expansive farm that was something of a mini-estate itself in Augusta, Maine's capital city which borders tiny Hallowell. The elder Harwood, bearded and gazing soberly in his portrait, lived comfortably there off the family estate.

"He never worked a day in his life," his descendant said with a grin.

Also invigorating Harwood's decades-long quest are still-unanswered questions about his lineage. His research has led Harwood to seek a DNA match with a German nobleman, Ernst August, Prince of Hanover, to see if Harwood's roots go back to Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, who was Queen Victoria's father and the fourth son of King George III.

If so, it would prove that Harwood's great, great grandfather, British Lt. Col. Edward Harwood, was the son of the Duke of Kent, said Harwood.

That father-son relationship has never been mentioned in family documentation, said Harwood, who sees the omission as a cover up of an illegitimate birth.

"It would have been a cover up for 198 years," Harwood said.

That matter drew the attention of Hereward Davies in his 1985 book "Channel Crossing." The book goes into considerable detail about the Edward Harwood and the London estate, while raising the question of how Harwood came into all of his money.

"What was the origin of his wealth?" Davies' book asks. "If a deception actually took place, can it be that the Duke was gratified to have fathered an English son, would have him named Edward, would cherish him discreetly, and would make provision for silence, upbringing, and posterity?"

Some illegitimate births were openly documented centuries back, genealogists say. Paula Stuart-Warren of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and herself a genealogist, advises people who are learning to trace their lineages to be prepared to make uncomfortable discoveries.

"I tell people, if you're afraid of finding a skeleton in your family tree, stop now," she said.


Sir Galahad's
Cerdic's Medieval Banqueting
Opening soon the finest food in Wessex - straight from my banqueting hall
    King Arthur's Pewter Round Table round table
One of the greatest myths of medieval literature certainly is the epic tale of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail. In the writings of Chretien de Troyes the quest for the Grail becomes a symbol for the medieval ideals of knighthood, gallantry, and chivalry. The Holy Grail is a cup in which Joseph of Arimathia gathered the blood of Jesus Christ during his crucifixion. After uniting the Kingdom, King Arthur sends out his best and most valiant knights, Lancelot, Gavian, and Parcifal among them, to quest for the Holy Grail. To share their adventures with their brethren the knights come together in the castle of Camelot around a large round table where all are equal in honor. No one shall fee superior to the other knights and all of them share a place of equal prestige. Thus is formed the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Round Table. Many of them will die on King Arthur's side in his last battle against the evil Mordred. Only Galahad, the son of Lancelot and the most noble and purest of all Knights will finally find and be allowed to touch the Holy Grail. This replica of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is magnificent in detail and clarity and is sure to be the centerpiece of hours of conversation. The table is a pedestal table that is elevated higher than the stone floor on which it sits. There is an indention on the stone floor to secure the round table. The floor is 18" in diameter and the table is 10" in diameter. The Knights of the Round Table pewter sculptures are 4"+ and are accompanied with chairs, which sit 1 1/4" tall and 1" wide. Also, the knights have a pewter base and do not come a wood platform. King Arthur has a prestigious throne to denote his station. The entire set makes for a breathtaking scene of King Arthur and his noble knights.
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Chard is a wonderful sleepy town in South Somerset. Having come from the bustle and problems of Saxony I find it refreshing and the people friendly and polite.

In summer one notices the beautifully kept flowers and the pride that townsfolk have in their town. Whilst many townsfolk are quick to show their discomfort in the problems of modern day living, on the whole, there is an excellent quality of life here.

But one feels there is a burning question. Wither Chard? For this one time market town, lace town, wool town, Capital of Wessex has actually lost its "raison d'etre" in the 21st century. 

Whilst there is an excellent industrial base here one should realize that "industry" is a thing of the past in Britain. Dysan are moving their industrial base abroad, many industrial companies find it too expensive to continue in Britain. Will Numatic also think the same way as Dysan?
Those that do not understand that our industrial base will continue to wither have their heads in the sand.

So what will replace it? What is the new revolution in the 21st century? As silicon valley has shown it is new technology. Today one must embrace this new technology rapidly. Therefore Chard's future is in our youth. They MUST be educated to face today's world. Our one skill over developing nations is our education, knowledge, and vision. 

Our vision is to prepare our youth to be white collar workers instead of blue collar workers. To have have an educated centre of excellence so that new companies want to come here to utilize that knowledge.

Now is the time to create that new generation that wants to bring vision and prosperity to Chardshire rather than letting them go elsewhere to seek it. Everyday we neglect this forward planning is another day lost to other competitive areas.

 Chard was, some time ago, designated to be a town of 60,000 yet today only boasts 12,000 inhabitants. It is the largest and most important town between Dorchester and Exeter. It is close to a motorway and the coast. What a haven for tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
In Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived areas of London, the local council is awarding grants to companies of up to £10,000 for computers and computer training. The most available here is £700.

Over the last few years new towns have evolved like Telford and Milton Keynes. Older towns like Peterborough, Runcorn and Cumbernauld have refound themselves. One must ask themselves why a major company like Thomas Cook went to Peterborough.

It was because their town council and particularly my old friend Jean Barker realised the necessity for that change. Oh yes she was a Conservative mayor and because of the influx of population Labour took control.

Fear of change is a disease that is terminal. Since We have been here we have been attacked by a narrow minded civil servant for having the audacity to start the www.wessextouristboard.org.uk website and we have been attacked by a group of shopkeepers and bed & breakfast internet dyslexics for unfounded and untrue morality reasons. In both instances the real reason was the fear of constructive criticism and change. 

Mayor in trouble

Now they have sacked their Independant Mayor for blowing a kiss at the town clerk & offering her a holiday. That was after he had given over 30 years fantastic service. One can only laugh at the dinasaurs who then banned him from holding public office.   

John Wilkes was not the most popular of politicians but he upheld the right to freely criticise and be constructive.

That is progress and we must expect some change.If we are to proceed forward we need fresh blood, new ideas and a vibrant community. If we don't then will the last person in Chard remember to turn the lights out."

Restaurants Galore
The centre of Chard is becoming alive at night with new restaurants and cafes opening. Go to our restaurant & cafe guide and select your favourite repast.
Coming soon are two new eateries. A Pizza & Pasta restaurant in Fore Street and the glamourous Cerdic's Banqueting Hall.

At Cerdic's there will be medieval banquets together with Court Jesters, Musicians and gallons of  scrumpy and mead. It is rumoured that anyone found drunk in the centre of Chard will be placed in the stocks to dry out.

We now have an excellant Chinese & Continental establishment in Holyrood Street  and Gandhi's Indian eaterie. And the food at the Gallery at the back of "Hooked on Books" has some of the finest British cooking in the South West.
 The new Vineyard restaurant behind the Dolphin Inn looks well worth a visit. New York may have its restaurant row but Chard is catching up fast.

Now that our site www.wessex.me.uk has been such a success I hear that King Offa of Mercia is opening a new competitive site called www.mercia.me.uk


Our claim to fame? Is it artificial limbs? Is it powered flight? Is it the first woman Cabinet Minister?  or is it that Charles Ist tried to sue for peace from here before being defeated in the Civil War. We could have a statue to him with or without his head.

Our research fails to show that Judge Jeffries ever came through Chard. It seems that many people from Chard joined up with the Duke Of Monmouth when he tried to wrest the throne from JamesII. The result was that the Bloody Judge Jeffries sat in both Dorchester and Taunton and condemned people from Chard to death. We thank the Chard History Group for their help in providing background material.

Those people were brought back here and the lower classes were hung somewhere near Tescos whilst others were beheaded near the toll house.

Who do we celebrate? What will bring the tourists to Chard? Should we recall Judge Jeffries to deal with the crime in Chard to-day? A few hangings and beheadings are cheaper than CCTV. Or we could let them get a tongue lashing from that certain "polite" shopkeeper in Holyrood Street!

Of course not - There is only one way to bring people to Chard. That is to celebrate and tell the world about me, Cerdic Von Wessex. I was the King of Wessex and my descendant Alfred became King of England. The basis and stories of the mythical Camelot were based on me. So if Camelot was anywhere it was here. My escalibur sword should be placed in a rock in the middle of Chard.


Newspaper Articles on King Arthur being Cerdic

Debate on whether King Alfred was based on Cerdic and whether Chard could be the site of Camelot has produced much discussion locally with articles in :

The Chard & Ilminster News


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I had to let the drawbridge down recently to entertain Barry Lawrence Goble of Boden Street, Chard. He brought a copy of his coat of arms verified by the College of arms.
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The name of Goble, sometime Gobel is believed to have been a comparitively recent variant on the ancient Anglo-Saxon personal name of Godbold or Godbead. Godbold is recorded in the "Doomsday Book" "as a previous Anglo-Saxon tenant".
It is believed that the family, which included the Earl of Arundel" (beheaded by Elisabeth I for being Catholic) are renowned through history and include Mamie Doud Eisenhower, wife of President Dwight Eisenhower.  The interesting part of all this is that the crest includes the Wyvern which, historically could only have been carried by the Royal Family of Wessex. Note it is a green wyvern .

Heraldic records, however, seem to point more towards Sussex and Burpham and Petworth. This ties in with the connection with the Earl of Arundel. Obviously the Godbold ancestor came from Saxony and was connected with the Saxon conquest of South East Briton. However we can not be sure that they were here at the time of Cerdic.

Still Barry you were welcome to tarry at the Court. Are there any more applicants for the round table?

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