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Legend of Jesus in England

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green:
And was the Holy Lamb of God,
On England's pleasant pastures seen!
And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?



Bring me my Bow of burning gold:
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England's green and pleasant Land!

(William Blake 1757-1827)



Stonehenge was not originally built by the Druids; no one seems
to know for sure who or why it was built, though it may have been an ancient observatory.

The historically rich and lore loaded Great Britain holds yet another tradition: that the boy Jesus lived there for a time. Sandwiched between the Roman invasion and King Author tales of the Grail quest lies a persistent tradition that Jesus, members of his disciple group and family, at one time or another, stayed in the various places in or near Glastonbury.

Joseph of Arimathea(the man who was later given Jesus’s body and laid it in the tomb) figures significantly in these traditions, of which there are at least four. Summarizing them, Joseph of Arimathea was a tin merchant who had mining interests in the Glastonbury region of England. He took the boy Jesus with him on at least one of his trips to the British Isles. They traveled by ship and arrived in southwestern England. From there, Joseph toured the mines in Cornwall and Somerset County where Jesus learned how to extract the tin and purge it from its ore. An old saying emerging from Priddy, a mining village in the Mendip Hills of Somerset county is: “As sure as Our Lord was at Priddy...”

What did Jesus do while in England besides learn the tin trade? Writings dated around A.D. 550 by Taliesin, the Prince-Bard Druid may suggest Jesus began an early teaching ministry: “Christ, the Word from the beginning, was from the beginning our teacher, and we never lost His teaching.” Though these words could imply something more spiritual than the earthbound boy Jesus imparting Knowledge to the Druids, Jesus Christ, nevertheless, had a profound impact on the future of Druidism.

40 miles distant from Glastonbury is Stonehenge. This ancient cluster of mysterious, upright granite rock forms is thought to have been an important center of Druidism. Not much is known about the true Druidic faith, however. Most of their teachings were forgotten as they were first conquered by the Romans and then became ideologically absorbed into Christianity.

In spite of this, various authorities purport Druids believed in life after death. Their concept of God was that of a Trinity; a monotheistic supernatural being named Duw consisting of three personalities—Beli the creator who ruled the past; Taran, who was in charge of the present; and interestingly enough, Yesu, the “All-Heal,”—the coming future Savior! This belief finds parallels in Christian thought which describes God as the Three in One—i.e one God with three aspects: the Father(creator), the Holy Spirit(comforter) and the Son(redeemer)!

Did this ancient religion anticipate Jesus whose teachings later so intrigued the Druids as to ignore their own faith and allow it to fall into superstitious abandonment? And, did the boy Jesus personally meet the folk who awaited Yesu’s coming?
Thinking that the entire island was heathen, Saint Augustine traveled to Britain in 597AD. All were unbelievers as expected. That is until he reached a certain western section and found a well established Christian Church tradition there complete with clergy and holidays! The subsequent report to Pope Gregory describes the location of his findings in what could very well have been Glastonbury, which was then a lake island in southwest England. .


While Joseph of Armethia (an Uncle of Jesus) discusses arrangements
with the locals, the boy Jesus looks on.
Behind them are a wattle hut and a workman chopping wood.
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