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West Country Myths & Legends – a talk by Tony Painter

Becky Collier
By Becky Collier
1st May 2024

7.30pm, Tuesday 18th June

Wells & Mendip Museum

All welcome

Suggested donation £7.00
(£5.00 for CPRE members)


Back by popular demand, after his enjoyable talk on placenames for us in summer 2022, Tony Painter returns to Wells with a new theme  – West Country Myths & Legends!

Dastardly squires and nutty nobles.

Did King Alfred really burn the cakes?

Who arranged for hot dinners to be placed in his mausoleum after his death in case he was reincarnated?

Who tried to prove the earth was flat?

What was the Somerset Tsunami and what supernatural events left footprints in the snow across several counties in 1855?

Tony Painter, former MoD map research officer and local historian explores these and other curious tales of the West Country unearthed while writing local histories for Alan Godfrey maps.

Please join us for a relaxed and informative evening at Wells & Mendip Museum

Refreshments will be available and we will have access to the beautiful walled garden at the museum so it should be a really pleasant evening.

Remember to bring some cash to buy refreshments and raffle tickets – and any contributions of raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated! All proceeds go to CPRE Somerset’s work for the Somerset countryside.

All are welcome so please bring a friend.

Admission is by donation – suggested donation is £7.00, discounted to £5.00 for CPRE members.

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3 pictures of myths & legends