Glastonbury Abbey: A Peaceful Corner in Town

Glastonbury is famous for the Tor, dominating the town and surrounding countryside and the music festival that passes through the area in a bustling frenzy for two weeks each year. Walking along the high street is an experience of eclectic individual shops and equally interesting people. However, tucked down a little street, away from the bustle is a little secret which is tranquility amid the madness. Glastonbury Abbey has been on the site in a variety of forms since the 7th century, primarily as a monastery. The monks drained the marshes surrounding the town and farmed the area. They built a number of structures in the area including the Abbot's Fish House at nearby Meare, the only surviving monastic fish house in England.

Over the years the Abbey was added to and modified as the fires and fashions of time took their toll. However during the reign of Henry VIII, somewhere between 1536 and 1541 the monasteries were broken up and the buildings and land were handed over (or taken) by the Crown.

The Abbey today is surrounded by the town with high walls protecting it from the bustle. The ornate beauty can still be seen in the stonework.  Now ruined the love that was carved into the stones over 700 years ago is still there.  With myths and legends surrounding this landscape the Abbey has its own mystical stories and feel.  Are King Arthur and Guinevere resting here or is it a story from the Dark Ages...


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