Glastonbury Tor, Somerset

Glastonbury Tor is a mystical natural hill on the edge of the small town of Glastonbury in Somerset. It was the 5th century residence of either a local warlord or possible a group of monks who later moved down into the valley below to found the famous Glastonbury Abbey. At the foot of the hill, the Chalice Well springs forth. It is supposedly the last resting place of the Holy Grail, brought there by St. Joseph of Arimathea. In medieval times, the Tor was surmounted by a chapel dedicated to St. Michael, the tower of which survives. The dedication is important as it signifies the triumph of Christianity over an ancient pagan religious site. 

For more details of Dark Age Glastonbury Tor, take a look at our Early British Kingdoms website.

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