Another walk around the Kingston Zodiac

 
 
This month’s stage of our twelve month journey around Mary Caine’s Kingston Zodiac takes us through the seemingly pedestrian urban landscape of Nonsuch, Carshalton and Beddington as we visit our Zodiacal circle’s Harvest Queen: the early autumnal sign of Virgo. As we saw in one of the video embeds affixed into an earlier entry to this ongoing and regularly update blogspot, Kingston’s West Country Somersetshire counterpart has connections to the Mediaeval Templar family of de Mandeville, whose own numerous landed estates on the fringes of London have a curious geomantic link with the village of Rottingdean in Sussex; one time home of the internationally renowned folk singing family: the Coppers of Peacehaven.    
 
As regular visitors to my Merlinhedd Films YouTube site will see in the coming months, as my 2007 documentary ‘Voices of Albion’ is serialized in full, the Copper Family have connections of their own with the de Mandevilles and the Glastonbury Zodiac: through the former preservation of a version of the ancient Mediaeval Crusader ballad ‘Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor’ by one of their long deceased circle of folk singers. Perhaps it is no coincidence then that another version of this same ballad, which has parallels in terms of its general storyline narrative with the Breton ballad ‘Lay le Frain’, the Scottish ballad of ‘Lord Thomas and Fair Annie’, and the Mediaeval metrical romance of ‘Tristan and Isolde’, should have been recovered by Cecil Sharpe from the village of Shepton Beauchamp; just a few miles west of the old Templar stomping ground of Stoke-sub-Hampden.      
 
Perhaps then, it is with these Virgoan connections in mind, in that New Malden’s Kingston Road, which runs between the Libran and Virgoan effigies on the Surrey Circle, was at one time the location of Coefficient Film Facilities, the studio complex that brought us such great British screen classics as Lindsay Anderson’s ‘If…..’, that this month sees the launch of my new Merlinhedd Films blogspot at:
 
 
The links between the old British Film Industry and Kingston’s Virgo Effigy do not end her by any means, in that Virgo’s Carshalton was the former home of ‘Excalibur’, ‘Zardoz’ and ‘Hope And Glory’ cult director John Boorman. So, it is perhaps significant that Carshalton’s seemingly anonymous residential streets should have provided the inspiration for the Blitz beleaguered London suburbs of Boorman’s Oscar winning cinema classic. Next month we find ourselves in Kingston itself as we traverse West London’s airey Libran Effigy.             
 
 
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About tartantombraider

A lineal descendant of Captain Robert Ferguson (1719-1799) the older brother of the great Scottish Enlightenment Philosopher and historian Adam Ferguson (1723-1816); the friend of Hume, Gibbon and Adam Smith. Also related to the great feminist author and playwright Rachel Ferguson. Have written extensively on a vast range of subjects, published in print as book author and in various journals and magazines into the bargain. Early work as an underground film maker on the early Goa Trance and radical anti-CJB political scene in the 1990s has since become more refined and ambitious and I am now a regular contributor to such high profile events as the Portobello Film Festival Annual Film Maker's Convention.....:
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