G Denny Builders Grimsby: Glastonbury Tor
I recently visited Glastonbury Tor which is one of the most famous and sacred landmarks in the West Country.
From the summit at 158 metres you see three counties – Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.
The ‘Tor’ is a West Country word of Celtic origin meaning hill, It has been a place of pilgrimage for over 10,000 years. It draws people for its links with religion, legends and beliefs and of course the famous Glastonbury Festival held each year.
The conical shape of Glastonbury Tor is natural, due to the rocks. It is made up of horizontal bands of clays On the summit at 158 metres is St. Michael’s Tower, part of a 14th-centuty church. This was built to replace a previous church destroyed by an earthquake in 1275. The second church survived until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. At this time, the Tor was the scene of the hanging of Richard Whiting, the last Abbot of Glastonbury.
Sourced from: Information obtained from National Trust and my own pictures taken in August 2015