CURIOUS CHARACTERS FROM BRITISH FOLKLORE
Name: Daniel Gumb
The Cheesewring in Cornwall is a natural pile of granite slabs and it takes it’s name from it’s similarity to a cheese-press. It is associated with Daniel Gumb, a local stonecutter. Although his parents were uneducated, he himself showed unusually high intelligence. An avid reader, he taught himself elementary mathematics, and became deeply interested in astronomy. After marrying a local girl, he made his home with her in a cave beneath the Cheesewring, where they raised numerous children, baptising them on prehistoric altars near by. Until the cave collapsed, many of Gumb’s intricate geometrical designs could be seen carved in the granite, with the indcription ‘D.Gumb 1735’ cut above the cave entrance.
(excerpt from Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain by Reader’s Digest)