John Arthur Goodchild, (1851–1914), was a physician, and later author of several works of poetry and mysticism, most famously Light of the West.
According to Benham (see below)Goodchild had a private medical practice in Bordighera, Italy, serving mainly expatriate Britons. From 1873 until the early 1900s he stayed in Italy during summers and returned to the UK in winters.
Goodchild was an antiquarian influenced by British Israelite ideas and the Golden Dawn esoteric group. He was friends with William Sharp (Fiona Macleod) who dedicated his final literary work The Winged Destiny: Studies in the Spiritual History of the Gael to Goodchild.
Somnia Medici 1884 - poetry
The Sage of Sant' Ampelio 1890 - fiction
A Fairy Godfather 1890 - fairytale
Tales in Verse 1893 - poetry
Lyrics 1893 - poetry
The Book of Tephi 1897 - poetry
The Light of the West 1898
In 'The Light of the West' Goodchild adsvanced the theory that under the influence of the Roman church, the feminine had become neglected in Christianity and that it was the destiny of a revitalised Celtic church to restore the feminine to due prominence in Christian life and thought.
The Blue Bowl
According to Benham, whilst visiting Bordighera, Italy, Goodchild bought a 'bowl and a platter' seen in a tailor's shop. Ten years later he felt 'directed' by an intense psychic experience to take the 'bowl' or 'cup' to Bride's Hill, Glastonbury, Somerset, a place he had never previously visited. Arriving in August 1898 he concealed the 'Cup' in a pond or sluice beside a thorn tree near the River Brue. This place was reputedly known as the Women's Quarter, Beckery and according to legend was linked to St Bride. Then, he waited for the future discovery of the cup 'by women' as had appeared to him in a vision. He continued to visit the site every year from 1899 until 1906, except the year 1905.
Benham (see refs) claims this was then found and became the focus of a Christian group, including Goodchild and Wellesly Tudor Pole, based in Bristol who believed the vessel to have formerly belonged to Jesus. The object is reported to now be in the possession of the Chalice Well Trust, based in Glastonbury.
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- The Avalonians, Patrick Benham, 1993
- 'The watching of the Rose', by Alan Royce, Avalon Magazine No. 37, Winter 2007