Monday, November 20, 2006

Ludgate

Emerging into the sunshine, slightly dazed by the vibrancy of the day after the peace of the crypt, we made our way up the road to Ludgate Circus. Until recently, the only thing that marked the presence of King Lud was a pub of that name, now long gone.

Ludgate Hill is so called because this is where King Lud was buried. He is said to be a generous geezer and general good time guy. He also gave London its name.

Lud became famous for building and repairing towns around Britain. Most important of these was Trinivantum, where London is now. It is said that he built massive towers around the city, erected lavish homes for the peasantry and held a lot of parties!

But there was no feasting for us today as the restaurant that stood in the place of the old pub was firmly closed. We contented ourselves with dancing a quick jig and humming a snatch of “Old King Cole”, necessarily truncated due to neither of us being able to remember all the words. That done, we skipped off to the next site.

1 Comments:

Blogger The Low Priestess said...

More on King Llud from the very good site

http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Celtic/deities.html

to which thanks and sorry for copying it in here, but seemed most helpful to blogger - see site above for more info

I think it is interesting he is a death god.

LLUD: Anglo-Celtic, Welsh) Known in Wales as the son of Beli, and a death God in his own right. Llud was the ruler of Celtic Britain while his brother, Llevelys, ruled Gaul. Together they outwitted the three plagues sent to Gaul. Sometimes nicknamed "Llawereint the Silver-handed" He is often equated with Nuada of the Silver Hand in Ireland.

A temple to Llud once stood at the site of St. Paul's Cathedral in London near Ludgate, named for him. He replaced the Goddess Tamesis as God of the River Thames.

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