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Anger Over Plan to Move Historic Monument
7:01am 17th December 2012
Plans to move a monument linked to a fifteen hundred year old love story are sparking outrage in a Cornish town.
Developers have got the go ahead to shift the Tristan Stone in Fowey to make way for a new housing estate.
It is supposed to mark the grave of the King's nephew who had an affair with an Irish Princess. The tragic story of Tristan and Isolde has been retold for centuries.
Now the seven foot high monument will be moved to a nearby field to allow space for eighty homes as well as a park-and-ride on the land close to the A3082.
According to the legend, Tristan was killed by his uncle, King Mark after he fell in love with his wife Isolde, also known as Iseult.
The Cornish knight eventually died and is said to have been buried in the Fowey field at the centre of the row.
The legend has been around so long there are many different versions.
Curator of the town's museum Helen Luther said: "If you have Tristan and Iseult, the story is really the greatest love story in Cornwall. People do travel from all over this country and from all over the world to visit the Tristan Stone.
"I think it's a rather cavalier attitude that they can just pick things up and move them. But it's also a lack of communication and information. It's only because it's been in the press that anybody's aware this is happening."7:01am 17th December 2012
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