Buildings

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Listed Buildings

The Glastonbury Tribunal. Now houses the Tourist Information Centre and the Lake Village Museum

There are several buildings of historical note in Glastonbury; several have Grade I and many have Grade II listing. A listed building in the United Kingdom is a building which has been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

Within the conservation area in Glastonbury are over 170 listed buildings or structures including two important churches – St John’s Church in the High Street, which dates to the 15th century and is listed grade I, and St Benedict’s Church in Benedict Street, c1520 and listed grade II. Other notable features include the Chalice Well and Abbey Barn in Chilkwell Street, the George and Pilgrim’s Hotel and The Tribunal, High Street, In Magdalene Street the hidden almshouses and chapel to St Mary Magdalene’s Hospital, close to The Old Pump House, a small row of probably 17th-century cottages which was rebuilt as a pump room in 1752. This provides a link to Glastonbury’s past history as a spa. [1].

Usage today

Whilst in some instances, the original reason for the buildings might still be applicable, in many cases; they have out-lived their original purpose and find themselves being used for something different. For example the Abbey is no longer a home for monks but has become a ruin set within park-like grounds. However, there is still the atmosphere left by centuries of prayer and the Abbey and its grounds has become a sacred place welcoming people of all beliefs to enjoy its peaceful sanctuary.

Abbey House was built as a private residence but has long outgrown its original owners and is now a successful and active retreat house. The Red Brick Building was constructed as a sheepskin processing factory. The factory has long since closed but the buildings have found a new lease of life as a community centre for the arts. The Glastonbury Experience complex of shops in the High Street was at one time a garage but is now the home for alternative shops and charities.

In many cases the buildings themselves are worthy of merit as being something more than simply the container for a specific activity.

Entrance to The Glastonbury Experience courtyard



References

  1. Adam Stout, ‘The Thorn and the Waters, Miraculous Glastonbury in the 18th Century. 2005.