Is the Severn Sea real or a place of the heart and imagination?
It is the area of estuary between the Second Severn
Crossing, down to Brean Down and Lavernock Point. A great funnel, where
powerful rivers reach the sea, separating two nations. Known as
Môr Hafren to the Welsh. A place of vast tidal lands.
to Arthurian legends. The poets, Tennyson, Coleridge and Wordsworth
knew it’s mystery and beauty. The bluestones from the Welsh
mountains crossed over the Severn Sea on their journey to the mighty
Stonehenge. Cabot sailed here first, on his expedition to the New
World. Ned Teach left Bristol over these waters on his way to become
the notorious pirate Blackbeard! This is the haunt of Nodens, the
Romano-British God, hunter, healer, source of inspiration and
fecundity, also known as Cloud-Bringer!
that reminds us of the transience of all things is our inspiration.
we like rivers from their source
Through cloud and shine, by deep or shoal,
Must follow that which draws our course,
The Love that is its guide and goal;
Of life, of death, you made me free,
Waters and hills of Severn Sea!
By Severn Sea, Sir Herbert Thomas Warren, 1892