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Glastonbury

39 38 GLAsTONbURy TOwN the husk around the ruined abbey At the centre of glastonbury town is the ruined Abbey enclosed in a square by four roads, each of about a quarter mile s length. on the north side is the busy High street, containing a 15th century hostelry, now the George and Pilgrims Hotel, built by Abbot selwood for pilgrims to the Abbey. not far from this is the tribunal lower opposite, and further up the street is st John s church c of e with its stained glass window depicting Joseph of Arimathea. In Magdalene street, west of the Abbey, is st Mary s church Rc containing a tapestry commemorating the old saints of Glastonbury and martyrs Abbot Whiting and his two fellow monks who were executed on the tor. there is a statue of our Lady of Glastonbury. Many shops in the High street and Magdalene street today are devoted to esoteric and mystical merchandise. But to many people Glastonbury is best known for its famous pop music festival, held at Pilton, five miles away. Above An early view up the High Street showing the George and Pilgrims Hotel on the left. Left The Tribunal, built by Abbot Beere c. 1500, was the Court House for the Twelve Hides of Glaston bury and is now the Tourist Information Centre and Lake Village Museum. Opposite Although it was yet another adjunct of the Abbey, the Great Tithe Barn in Bere Lane is no longer part of it and has become the Somerset Rural Life Museum which illustrates the tools and techniques of farming during the Victorian era. It also describes unusual local activities like willow growing, mud horse fishing, peat digging and cider making.
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