Excalibur Found? Schoolgirl Finds Sword in Dozmary Pool.


Excalibur Found? Schoolgirl Finds Sword in Dozmary Pool.

Swords are cool. Who doesn’t like swords? They are big knifey things that slash and stab and whatnot! But more people like swords than own them, especially when it comes to kids. But this little girl reportedly bucked the trend by finding a magnificent sword in Dozmary Pool–the very body of water into which King Arthur’s Excalibur was thrown, according to legend.

Seven-year-old Matilda Jones, from Norton, Doncaster, England, spotted the sword as it lay flat on the bottom of the lake, as she waded waist-deep in the pool. Her father didn’t believe her until he saw it for himself.

‘I told her not to be silly and it was probably a bit of fencing, but when I looked down I realised it was a sword. It was just there laying flat on the bottom of the lake.’

Matilda’s father had told her and her younger sister about the King Arthur legend during their drive to the lake.


Dozmary Pool has numerous Arthurian connections:

It is… the home of the Lady of the Lake and is where a young Arthur rowed out to claim the mighty Excalibur.

Folklore has it that Dozmary Pool is where Excalibur was thrown by Sir Bedivere after the Battle of Camlann and Arthur’s death.

According to local tradition after three attempts to relinquish the sword, Sir Bedivere finally managed to comply with King Arthur’s wish and threw it into the lake, an arm rose from the surface, caught the sword and vanished back into the water.

Theoretically, someone may have flung this sword into the lake in order to reenact Sir Bedivere’s legendary toss.


This is no small sword — it’s as long as its discoverer is tall!

‘The sword is 4ft long – exactly Matilda’s height,’ added Paul. ‘I don’t think it’s particularly old about 20 or 30 years old. It’s probably an old film prop.’

At the end of their six-day holiday the family brought the sword home and Matilda and Lois are enjoying telling all her family and friends about her discovery.

I have found a lot of cool stuff, but never a sword. Unless a machete counts.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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