Welcome to the Glastonbury Antiquarian Society Website
I am pleased to announce that our website has now been updated, with a fresh new look. You will find all the information on the old website is still here, it's just a little easier to access.
Our 2021 - 2022 Lecture Season is almost at an end. Our last talk will be at St John’s Church, on Friday 20th May at 7.30pm, when Cai Mason (Wessex Archaeology) will be talking about:
The Archaeology of Bath Abbey
Between 2018 and 2020, Wessex Archaeology West undertook extensive excavations in and around Bath Abbey in relation to the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Footprint Project. The archaeological work uncovered evidence of Mesolithic activity, Roman streets and buildings, and an Anglo-Saxon monastery and associated cemetery that contains example of rare 'charcoal burials'. In the medieval period, a huge cathedral priory was constructed on the site, the remains of which have been found 2m below the floor of the present early 16th-century abbey. Later remains including an ornate 17th-century plaster celling, 18th/19th-century burials, and Georgian buildings associated with the development of the spa resort in the 18th century.
Considering the many associations between Bath and Glastonbury - everything from mineral springs to Benedictine monasticism - this talk should prove to be illuminating. I look forward to seeing you there.
Dr T.F. Hopkinson-Ball,
Chairman, Glastonbury Antiquarian Society,
Glastonbury Holy Thorn: Story of a Legend
A New History of Glastonbury's famous thorn.
Dr Adam Stout's history of the Holy Thorn and its legends is now available - click here to find out more or buy the book .