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Mendip (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
ST 50058 38781


MAGDALENE STREET 1. 1133 (East Side) Glastonbury Abbey ST 4938 7/1 21.6.50. ST 5138 8/1 GV 2. By tradition the most venerable monastic foundation in England, established on the legendary site of Joseph of Arimathea's oratory. Also believed to contain the burial place of King Arthur. The site was occupied by an important pre-Conquest monastery associated with St Dunstan. Standing remains belong to the great abbey church rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1184. The most complete survival from this church is the richly detailed St Mary's Chapel on a crypt at west end. The tall fragments of the east crossing piers with adjoining transept walls and chapels are the most prominent survivals of the late C12 church. Other substantial remains include portions of the outer walls of late C12 chancel aisles and C14 retrochoir, 3 bays of south nave aisle wall, lower parts of the west front and the Galilee (with crypt) linked to St Mary's Chapel. The only standing remains of the monastic buildings are the Abbot's itchen (see separate entry) and an important fragment of the Abbot's great hall to north of the kitchen. Church of England Property. The whole monastic area is scheduled as Ancient Monument. All the listed buildings in the Abbey grounds form an extremely important group.

Listing NGR: ST5001238836


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 26 Jun 2001
Reference: IOE01/01296/16
Rights: Copyright IoE David Sanderson. Source Historic England Archive
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