by Norman Descendants September 03, 2017


A seven-year-old girl from Doncaster went on a swimming trip with her family and had a nice surprise. She noticed something glinting at the bottom of the lake. Naturally, she assumed it was the legendary sword itself! Folklore has it that Dozmary Pool is said to be 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. It is also the home of the Lady of the Lake and is where a young Arthur rowed out to claim the mighty Excalibur.

Father: “I told her not to be silly and it was probably a bit of fencing, but when I looked down I realized it was a sword. It was just there laying flat on the bottom of the lake.”

“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.” The prop appears to be a medieval two-handed broadsword.

Matilda found the sword in Dozmary Pool while paddling on a family holiday (Image: SWNS)
Matilda found the sword in Dozmary Pool while paddling on a family holiday 

Norman Descendants
Norman Descendants

Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Viking conquerors lead by Rollo of the territory and the native Merovingian culture formed from Germanic Franks and Romanised Gauls. Their identity emerged initially in the first half of the 10th century, and gradually evolved over succeeding centuries.