It was a baking summer's day
in July 1967. A bright blue haze hung over the Welsh hills and the
glaucous-blue tidal waters washed sleepily against the hulls of the
swaying shrimp boats moored in the Caldy Channel. On the golf links
overlooking the breezy Dee Estuary, moneyed golfers trod the springy
turf as they whiled away their well-deserved hours of leisure while
their housewives cooked dinners in the elegant white houses studding
the top of Caldy Hill.
All about was green, wooded
and peaceful on this glorious Saturday afternoon; it was a scene
straight from the lid of a chocolate box Richard Cadbury would have
commissioned from Constable - a John Betjeman poem personified.
Onto Caldy Hill came Paul and
Gabriel, two bearded men in their 20s who looked like unwashed
vagrants, speaking in the dialect of Meridional French, and they
passed unnumbered dwellings bearing typical English rustic names
such as Meadow Croft, Woodlea, Little Paddocks and Beechwood. A lady
walking her poodle picked up the pampered pooch and hurried home
when she set eyes on the ragged foreign-speaking strangers.
Paul was studying a magnetic
compass and Gabriel was reading a map featuring a copy of the
strange coded message found on a lead tablet beneath one of a
handful of secret French pyramids.Most historians do not acknowledge
the pyramids of France, and their origins and purpose are as
baffling as the ones in Egypt. The Cairn of Barnenez, constructed at
Brittany around 4,800 BC still stands today, as does the 32-feet
tall Pyramide de Couhard, which stands in Autun in the
Saône-et-Loire department of France.
Gabriel was reading the
strange symbols transcribed on a piece of parchment from the lead
tablet found within this enigmatic and unexplained pyramid.
Gabriel, a gifted polymath
who had recently graduated from the Sorbonne, had deciphered the
meaning of the symbols and the information was unequivocal - the
Holy Grail was located in a large slab of lichen-covered rock at the
foot of Caldy Hill, facing Thurstaston Common. When a certain
magical incantation was recited, the long-sought magical vessel
would appear in a concave recess in the rock. Paul and Gabriel had
been searching for the Grail for three years, and had read every
manuscript and book about the alleged Last Supper cup in every
library in Troyes in France, the British Library in London, and the
vast library at Dublin's Trinity College.
What the two men had deduced
was that the Holy Grail was holy from a time long before the birth
of Christ, and it had nothing whatsoever to do with Christianity.
The Grail was in fact an
artefact that had survived a worldwide catastrophe millions of years
ago - when a previous civilization, much more advanced than ours had
become corrupt and destroyed itself. Both Paul and Gabriel were
staunch believers in an early Secret Wisdom that had been lost
through some war or catastrophe in the remote past and they viewed
Stonehenge and the thousands of megaliths - those gaunt standing
stones with their eerie alignments dotted across hundreds of miles
in the British Isles and France - as the vestiges of some forgotten
The Grail-seekers arrived at
Caldy Hill and surveyed the sandstone outcrop with its elliptical
carved recess. The incantation had to be performed at night, so the
two young Frenchmen camped nearby. At midnight, Gabriel stood before
the concavity and began the ritual recitation. A strange light
appeared over the giant stone, and the two men got the impression
this was some luminous sentry. That night, a UFO was reported over
Caldy, and no doubt it was this hovering light.
Minutes after midnight, an
orange glow appeared in the niche of the stone, and a vessel
resembling a translucent chalice appeared, hovering a few inches
away from the wall of the rock. Paul and Gabriel gasped when they
set eyes on the object. It had a powerful calming effect on them,
and it floated away from the stone.Gabriel had on woollen gloves, as
he was afraid to touch the highly mysterious object with his bare
Reproduced from Tom
Slemens' article in Wirral Globe online dated 28 June 2020.