I’m sharing old posts from October, and this one records a visit to Glasto, actually Glastonbury, famous for its festival. It should have been the 50th anniversary of the festival this year, but of course that celebration didn’t happen; everyone hopes it will return in 2021. I didn’t realise until I was looking up something else that there had been a Glastonbury Festival before, from 1914-1926. That series of annual events was just as controversial as some of the modern era festivals, maybe more so as eventually they had to give in to adverse publicity after supporting the Miners’ Strike.
Glastonbury is a fascinating town, and apart from the Festival it’s perhaps most noted for the remains of the Abbey, brought to ruin during the reformation. The site of the Abbey is in beautiful parkland and is a lovely place to visit, whatever the time of year. There’s a small but interesting museum there, the Abbot’s Kitchen, and if you love history there are other museums in the town – the Somerset Rural Life Museum, and the Glastonbury Lake Museum at the Tribunal.
This is what I shared in 2013:
We went to Glastonbury the other day, a nice little market town famous for its festival, but a favourite place of ours… always full of interest! People who live or visit there have a style of their own… and I think I secretly wish I wore clothes like they do, and look so comfortable and at home in them. I always fear I would just look plain silly!
Of course there is more to Glastonbury than the people who live and work and visit there; there is the famous ruined abbey, where tradition and legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea brought Jesus when he was a young lad. King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are said to be buried here, but that is more likely to be a rumour started by the monks of the middle ages to attract tourists. Glastonbury draws visitors from far and wide, it is easy to find your way there, the Tor, a hill which rises over 500 foot above the surrounding Somerset levels, can be seen from miles and miles away. On top is the ruined 15th century church of St Michael.