Friday, 13 February 2015

Flight From Ladye Park

Inspired by the stories of Ladye Park, just outside the town of Liskeard in Cornwall, where pilgrims once gathered in a wooded valley and here is believed to have been a chapel or shrine. I have drawn the water as a stream flowing through the centre of the picture. Many pilgrims were drawn to this particular wooded valley in the early catholic christian faith. The drawing has a man on horseback who represents the changes afoot, as the reformation brought about the destruction of many such chapels. Ladye Park itself is said to have become one of the King's hunting grounds as well as cattle pasture. The falcon in the picture is driving out the old spirits and the chapel slowly becomes entwined in the forest.

The pool at Ladye Park as it is today.

You can just see the house near the base of the large tree trunk set in the valley.

 Shrine Background

With the exception of the Jews, ancient man did not have full knowledge of the one true God or the blessed Trinity but had an innate insight and awareness of a “creator”. His limited knowledge caused him to believe that there were many gods with many facets both good and bad but he was still able to make the choice between good and evil. When he followed his conscience ‘the god within him’ he followed God not yet revealed to him by means of Christianity.
In Cornwall the goddess ‘Kerrid’ was believed to be a spirit who, though powerful, relied on a ‘cauldron of knowledge and inspiration’ for her powers. Her creative thought was understood to come from a higher spirit than herself though the cauldron was her well. She was therefore not regarded as all powerful of herself but one who was in direct communication with a higher being. She was known as the goddess of love and eternal youth. It was not the eternal youth of hedonistic people today but the eternal youth of immortal life to be gained by all. Her symbol was the lily. She was also linked to the mythical Cretan god Kerr who was said to appear in the form of a bee which bears the sting of death and the honey of love leading to a new life.

Further information about Ladye Park can be found at