Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset

Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset
Photograph taken 26 June 2001 © David Sanderson. Source Historic England Archive ref: 265970

Glastonbury is by tradition the oldest monastic foundation in England. It is believed to contain the burial place of King Arthur. A monastery was founded during the early 8th century by Ine on the site of a possible 5th/6th century monastery and Celtic vallum monasterii (an earthwork or wall). Little is known of the monastery until 940 when it was refounded as a Benedictine Abbey by St Dunstan. The standing remains belong to the great abbey church rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1184. The abbey was dissolved in 1539 after the abbot, Richard Whyting and 2 of his monks had been executed on top of Glastonbury Tor for alleged treason. More Info

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