1784 John Carter

The topographical artist, John Carter was commissioned by Gough to prepare sketches for a volume of engravings of English church monuments.  In 1784 he visited Glastonbury and, not finding monuments in the Abbey, he produced sketches of antiquities in the town and indicated on sketch plans where he was standing when he drew them. 

None of the sketches were required by Gough and Carter obtained his permission to use 16 of them (with many others from other towns) in his own publication.  He engraved and published six volumes of ‘Views of Ancient Buildings in England Drawn in different Towns and Engraved by John Carter commencing 1784’.  They were published: volume 1, 1786; volume 2, 1786; volume 3, 1787; volume 4, 1789; volume 5, 1791; and volume 6, 1793 and were pocket size, each page being 8.5cms wide and 11.25cms high (3¼x4½ inches).  The Glastonbury Plates are in Volume 4. 

The Society’s copies were bound together in one volume by Price, Bookbinder of Wells and it was signed by the Society's founder, J G L Bulleid.    


Volume IV 

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Plate LXII.

This, and the following 16 Plates, exhibiting views of all the ruins and remarkable buildings remaining at Glastonbury, Mr. Gough has, with great liberality, permitted me to engrave. 

413. The first view of the Torr at Glastonbury, as seen on the road from Froom to Wells, (distance 14 miles.)  

 G L A S T O N B U R Y

414.  General plan of the town.

Plate LXIII.

415.  South west view of a small chapel, (now a cobbler's) at the entrance to the town, (coming from Wells.) 

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416.  North east view of an ancient house over the conduit in the High-street.

417.  Statues on the tower of St. John's church.

418.  The monument of Camel, in do. church.

Plate LXIV.

419.  South view of an ancient building called the Library; in the garden behind is shewn the Glastonbury Thorn.

Plate LXV.

420.  South view of the Abbot's-inn.

421.  Sculptures on the outside of do.

Plate LXVI.

422.  South west view of one of the abbey gates, (now the Red-Lyon-inn).

423.  Tiles, inside of do. &c.

Plate LXVII.

424.  South west view of an Alms-house, for women.

425.  Sculptures, on the Abbey-house.

426.  Do.              do.


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427.  North east view of an Alms-house, for men.

Plate LXIX.

428.  North east view of the Abbey-barn.

Plate LXX.

429.  South west view of the steeple on the Torr.


430.  The general plan of the remains of the Abbey church, and some buildings adjoining.

431.  Plan of the Abbey church and Joseph of Arimathea's chapel.

432.  Do. of the undercroft of do.

433.  Section of the Abbey church and Joseph of Arimathea's chapel.

434.  Capitals, in the choir.

435.  Sections of do. and of the nave, from north to south.


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436.  Do. of Joseph of Arimathea's chapel, (only) from the east to west (looking north.)

437.  Other sections of do. the west end, the east end, and the elevation of the outside of the east window.

Plate LXXI.

438.  North view of Joseph of Arimathea's chapel.

439.  The grand entrance to do.

Plate LXXII.

440.  East view inside of do.


441.  North east view of the Abbey church.

Plate LXXIV.

442.  East view inside of a chapel of do.

Plate LXXV.

443.  South view of the Abbey church, and the Linguist's-corner.

Plate LXXVI.

444.  North east view of the Abbot's kitchen.


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445.  East view inside of do.

446.  Satue of an Abbot, in do.


447.  General view of Glastonbury, taken from Weary-all Hill.



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