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Sacred Springs

12 13 The Chalice Well is found in the peaceful Chalice Well Gardens at the foot of Chalice Hill. This area is dominated by the imposing presence of Glastonbury Tor, the ancient and sacred Isle of Avalon. Tradition says that long ago Joseph of Arimathea travelled to England bringing the Holy Grail, the chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper. The chalice was hidden in the well, and later was sought by King Arthurs knights as a sacred quest. The red ironrich water gives another name, the Blood Spring. Tradition says the water is coloured by Christs blood, caught in the Holy Grail at the crucifixion. The lid of Chalice Well is decorated with the mystical vesica piscis vessel of the fish produced by two overlapping circles. The design was created by Frederick Bligh Bond who excavated the nearby abbey where the grave of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere can be seen. From beneath the Tor flows the White Spring and, in the past, the red and white waters merged together, flowing into the abbey grounds. Here St Josephs Well can be found in a niche in the south wall of the Lady Chapel. At Wells, by the magnificent cathedral, may be seen St Andrews Well, once known as the Bottomless Well. Near the atmospheric church at Doulting is St Aldhelms Well with its now neglected long trough, probably once used as a bath for pilgrims. ChAlICE WEll Glastonbury, Somerset
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