There are legends that in pre-recorded history The Isle of Avalon was a sacred burial ground. Legend also tells us of the arrival of Joseph of Arimathea after the crucifixion of Jesus in historical times the great Benedictine Abbey of Glaston dominated the town. In prehistoric times Glastonbury Tor and some of the surrounding land was an island joined to the mainland by a narrow peninsula. The island was surrounded by tidal marshes which gave good natural protection. In Neolithic times there were people living in Lake Villages near the island but there seem to have been few if any resident inhabitants. The island appears to have been treated as a sacred place from the earliest days. In the middle ages Glastonbury emerged as a great centre of pilgrimage. There is a great site giving a timeline of Glastonbury’s history here. In 1539 Henry VIII’s men wrecked the abbey as Henry dissolved the monasteries and claimed their wealth. I’ll show some photos of the abbey on another occasion. As so the present day - in the 1970s Glastonbury became a major centre for the New Age movement in the UK, a place it retains.
Near our car park is St John’s Church, a fairly typical Somerset church. These large churches were built as a result of the money generated by the wool industry.
In the grounds there is this maze.
It’s good to see that both new and second-hand book shops can still be found in Glastonbury.
Even the florist is ‘enchanted’ in this magical town.
Whoever did the artwork for the van got the detail perfect in this Small Tortoiseshell.
And there is plenty of artwork on the walls, as in this alleyway by the Blue Note café where we had our first coffee of the day. The Blue Note is a vegetarian café and we made it our favourite on our last visit to the town.
And in streets a bit off the beaten track.
Barber’s poles are one of the few signs that remain from the days when tradesmen labelled heir shops with visual representations of their craft, not words. Pubs and pawnbrokers are among the few remaining trades to do the same.
The George and Pilgrim Inn dates back to the 1400s and is the oldest purpose-built pub in the South West of England, located right in the heart of Glastonbury. The hotel maintains many of its original features such as the panelled stone frontage, mullion windows and old oak beams.
More inn signs.
The Crystal Man occupied a bit of our time and some of our money but most of the crystals were a bit expensive.
Another coffee was then called for –
One thing that can be said for Glastonbury is that it is full of characters. I love the fact that people can be themselves here and do their own thing.
Yes, she really is skipping along!
Little and Large.
I would prefer it if buskers didn’t feel the need to be backed by loud boom-box type music.
These two managed quite well without it.
Sorry about the format and angle but I was taken by surprise - those are not the clothes Partner-who-loves-tea went into the shop wearing!
Till next time - keep smiling...