Apple Tree House
27 Bere Lane, Glastonbury, BA6 8BD, United Kingdom
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The Goddess of Apples in a backyard of Glastonbury
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Food Glorious Food!!
In the buttery there is a display of the types of food the abbot would have eaten. However, I wouldnt sample any of the food on the table as it has been there for days and you might not feel so good after eating it. Certainly after smelling some of it, you really wouldnt want to eat it.
Put aside any concerns about looking like an idiot. I was saved from insanity in 2004 by my waterproof trousers, jacket and welllies. Visit an army surplas shop before you go if the weather forecast is looking in any way dodgy!
The Glastonbury Goddess Temple
In the courtyard in the Glastonbury experience you will find the Glastonbury Goddess Temple. It’s up some wooden stairs near the Avalon Centre, and is open four days a week 10-4pm most days. There are lit candles round the room, & you can pick up leaflets. The Glastonbury Goddess Temple opened at Imbolc (February 21) 2002, in the premises formerly occupied by the Library of Avalon. When you enter you have to take your shoes off, calming music is always played & you are free to meditate although no loud noises what’s-so-ever are aloud. Cushions & pillows are scattered round the place & the whole floor is carpeted, it’s very relaxing & I have been known to fall asleep in this room! You can apparently have weddings there, and every festival (such as Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas and Samhain, etc) are celebrated here.
There is a group of Temple Melissas, volunteers who are in attendance when it is open, to look after the space, they perform ceremonies, talk to visitors, etc. In the summer.
What a magical peaceful place Glastonbury Abby is? It was a heat wave when I visited, if you go to the TIC you can get what’s called your passport to Glastonbury, which gives you 50p off the price, which is normally the £4. On entering you leave the noisy world behind you and enter another world long forgotten, walk along a tree-lined avenue & the air holds it’s breath; there’s also a statue of a man sitting upon a donkey talking to a boy. The grounds are peaceful; you can’t hear the traffic only the wind in the ancient tree’s & the birds. Sit on one of the many benches under the old oak’s & watch the world go by. You can wander round the old ruins & see where the floors were once were, & see King Arthur’s tomb that I believe was only discovered in the 1930’s. There are path’s everywhere but you will be given a map showing you what to see.
There’s a man walking round in period clothes who is very knowledgeable about what the place was like centuries ago. See the holy Thorn as this is a must; he’s getting on in years now as his branches are being held up by black metal walking sticks. Apparently one piece of it is sent to the queen’s table each year. The Duck & fish pond are a must to see, wild geese & ducts sit round the duck pond & at the fish pond are big fish hiding under the lilies, & insects which look like blue flying sticks. You can lift up covers to see what the medieval flooring looked like.
There’s the herb garden & apple orchard, but the apples will not be ready until October. There’s an open air café during the summer which recycles all of its can’s & plastic items in marked bins. You can wander into the old cookhouse where they prepared the food, & there’s a display of it on a table of how it looked like all them years ago. There’s also a mirror which people used to glance up into the roof (instead of straining their necks) to see if the lamp was still lit. The base is made of wood from a tree that used to stand in the grounds, & the rubber pieces come from car tyres in the 20’s.
The ruins of the abbey, one of those disestablished under Henry VIII, are impressive and large. The kitchen is in quite good shape and is the only building still intact. Some people claimed to have found the grave of King Arthur here, but there are apparently late Anglo-Saxon graves of some of the 10th-century West Saxon kings, descendants of Alfred the Great.
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Address: 27 Bere Lane, Glastonbury, BA6 8BD, United Kingdom