The idea of Jesus Christ visiting Wales, let alone Britain, is surely farcical!
A local tour guide and author in Mid Wales once told me that Jesus Christ along with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, had visited two thousand years ago. My own astonishment was surpassed by my travelling companions, all who embarrassingly laughed.
I was with a group of American visitors travelling around England and then Wales. This large group, twelve in all, wanted an Arthurian input and it was decided to stop at a Woollen Mill at a village named Dinas Meuddwy in Mid Wales. Near this spot is a claim to Camlan Field (Where Arthur was mortally wounded). A local guide joined us and took the group on a walk to the actual spot where a King Arthur memorial stone is now placed. It is a very picturesque and atmospheric location. The guide was an undeniably remarkable man and knowledgeable enough to lose his audience intellectually on several occasions.
He was taking us down cousin of cousins and uncle of uncles until he floored the group with one line, ‘Jesus Christ came to Wales a few times.’ Everyone perked up and after the laughs, notes started to be taken. On questioning our expert, it was obvious he believed it and his reasoning fascinating. The story involved tin mining in Cornwall (a part of old Britain) and Joseph of Arimathea. The guide departed and at the evening group dinner a few good laughs (unfairly I thought) were had at his expense.
A few days later, on the last evening of the group’s visit we were billeted in a four-star hotel in South Wales. The group had a ‘last lecture’ session, which included an Arthurian input. Our new academic lecturer was asked by a very large and very enthusiastic Texan, ‘Hey, we were told that Jesus Christ visited Wales. Did he?’ He was silenced when our new lecturer replied, ‘Yes, with Joseph his Uncle. They may have been on a short vacation’. The two experts who had shocked us all, did not know each other. Their interrogation did not last long. They were much too immersed in extreme Arthurian history for us!
Researching the subject, in latter years, I now comprehend where the Joseph of Arimathea idea comes from, but not his nephew!