Glastonbury Abbey and the Danbury Hill Fort

Wednesday’s main event was a drive to Glastonbury to see the ruins of the Abbey there and hear about the Abbey and its King Arthur legend. We were there just in time for a tour, and had the best tour guide ever. They do these things in costume, and he was an archeologist, Dr. Bulgar Wheat. I suspect he uses a different name everytime. There is no way that I can do him justice in writing, or even if you were here and I could tell you about it, but I’ll try. He would say things like “so there you are, pilgrims, gazing upon this magnificent cathedral, trembling in awe, the lights, the sounds, the choirs singing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a real SHOW of the highest magnitude,” and when he told us that perhaps the monks finding the grave of King Arthur after a lightening strike was more about advertising than reality he said ” are you all right, does anyone need to lie down, people don’t always take this very well.” You have to imagine all this and more, with an English accent, and said with great speed and those classic throw always at then end of the sentence, “it’s all too much, really.” I was really not sure if he was drunk or just awesomely British and hilarious.

The cathedral itself is a ruin. It was the end all be all in the day, supported first by tithes and then by the Arthur pilgrims, but after the catholic Anglican spilt, was eventually ruined by taking the roof of to let the elements have it, and then the locals began using the stone to build other stuff. Now what’s left is preserved and in huge midst of a beautiful park, with benches and paths and the requisite tea shop, for a cuppa and some more admiration of the site. Melissa and I set out for home very satisfied by this outing.

Back in Middle Wallop, before dinner, Chris drove me to see the Iron Age Danbury Hill Fort. It was fascinating, up high on a hill with inner and outer rings of sod built up high to protect the village. Once again, we see that hilltop position is the early settler’s friend. We walked around the top ring, which is an easy flat path, and very enjoyable. The weather continues to be perfect!









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