Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Somerset

Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Somerset
Photograph taken Apr 1953 © Historic England Archive ref: AA082625

Glastonbury is by tradition the oldest monastic foundation in England. It is believed to contain the burial place of King Arthur. 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. This view shows the south aisle of the church.


Somerset Glastonbury


Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)


building religion faith abbey ruin monastery dissolution architecture arch medieval (1066 - 1484)