Nightbringer | The Arthurian Online Encyclopedia


Callington is a town in southeast Cornwall, near the border of Devon, England.

One of the places that has been connected with Kelliwic, the Cornish stronghold of Arthur. Some commentators have even tried to connect Kelliwic with Camelot, so Callington could also be so identified by connection.

Callington | 0 to the 9th century AD

Roman Period | 1st century BC – 5th century AD
The Roman presence in Cornwall during the Roman occupation of Britain is known, but specific details about Callington are not well-documented. The Romans were involved in mining activities in the region, and evidence of their influence can be found in various parts of Cornwall.

Early Settlements
Cornwall, including the area around Callington, likely had early Celtic and pre-Celtic settlements. The indigenous population engaged in agriculture, fishing, and trade.

Anglo-Saxon Period | 5th – 11th centuries
The Anglo-Saxon period saw the arrival and settlement of Germanic tribes in various parts of England. Cornwall, with its distinct Celtic identity, maintained a somewhat separate cultural and political identity.

Viking Raids | 8th – 11th centuries
During the Viking Age, Cornwall, like other coastal regions, experienced Viking raids. These raids had an impact on local communities and may have influenced settlement patterns.

Celtic Christianity
The spread of Christianity in Cornwall is associated with Celtic missionaries. Monastic communities were established, contributing to the cultural and religious landscape of the region.

Market Town
Callington historically served as a market town, and its market charter dates back to the thirteenth century. Markets were essential for the local economy, providing a place for trade and commerce.