St Marys Chapel, Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Somerset

St Marys Chapel, Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Somerset
Photograph taken 1896 - 1920 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: BB98/05599

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 ruins of St Mary's Chapel with the walls supported with props to keep them from falling

Location

Somerset Glastonbury

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

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