Glastonbury Tor, Somerset

This time last year we visited Glastonbury in Somerset, it had only taken, well I’m not going to mention how many years it took me to visit, lets just say a lot and it was quite a magical visit.  The whole place was getting ready for Halloween, and of course Glastonbury Tor is home to Gwyn ap Nudd, King of the Fairies. But I have to own up, we did not reach the tower, for one thing there is really only enough parking for one car at the top and as I was still suffering from the after effects of a slipped disc, a climb to the top was a no go.  So I made do with taking photos, the Tor and tower are really quite mesmerising.

A little history for you……..The conical shape of Glastonbury Tor is natural. Thousands of years ago it was an island. Before modern drainage, the Tor in winter would have towered above the flooded Somerset Levels. The top of the Tor was levelled at some point in the 10th or 11th century to build a large stone church. In 1275 an earthquake levelled this church. A smaller church was rebuilt on the site in 1323 and lasted until the demise of Glastonbury Abbey in 1539. The church was quarried for stone and now only the tower survives.

October 2014

12 comments

  1. Fascinating! Love that last picture, the tower almost seems to disappear into the clouds. Hope you get to go back someday. 🙂

    1. I hope so too, it is amazing you can see it for miles. I like the last photo too, it looks a bit magical, not sure how that one happen, must have had a bit of help 🙂

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