National Geographic : 1961 Aug
colorful bathing shelters rise by the hundred on the golden sands, but at the heart of all this the real old town, unspoilable and im pregnable, goes on forever. Tintagel: Did King Arthur Live Here? If no monarch named King Arthur ever lived, then he should have, and Cornwall is the right place for him and his chivalrous Knights of the Round Table. Some scholars are skeptical about them, but even the most skeptical admit that once a great chieftain fought and won battles here among the Celts of Cornwall, keeping off the Saxons and prob ably other invaders. What, no King Arthur? It cannot be! There are many places that claim connec tion with King Arthur, but nowhere is belief in the legend stronger than on the headland called Tintagel, on the north coast of Corn wall, 20 miles from the Devon border. Beyond the rolling fields with the dark clouds racing in from sea, I found a venerable and romantic ruin upon a sea-torn cliff, a gaunt wraith of a castle, split in two where the sea, through a thousand years and more, has cut the whole HS EKTACHROMESBY ROBERTB. GOODMAN © NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Mustachioed sun worshiper at Newquay nears the well-broiled stage. Newquay's Surf-washed Sands Attract a Holiday Crowd During Victorian times the town de voted all its energies to the fishing industry. Stationed high on the rocks in the foreground, where sun seekers now congregate, a lookout man, or "huer," kept watch for a purplish stain in the sea, evidence of a school of pilchard. When his trumpet sound ed, villagers rushed to their boats. Today the town makes its money from visitors. Some 25,000, arriving by train from London, crowd the re sort each summer.