Somerset is a county that I always seem to travel through on my way to Devon and Cornwall but never stop. On one such trip in May 2010 I did manage to stop and came off the M5 to continue my journey on country roads. This took me to the City of Wells, Glastonbury and Burnham-on-Sea, all places that are well worth a visit, which I hope the images below will testify: –
Glastonbury Tor is an iconic hill located on the Somerset Levels just outside the town of Glastonbury.
The Ancient Britons called the Tor Ynys yr Afalon meaning Island of Avalon, which has huge significance to Arthurian legend and King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea came to Britain following the death of Christ and brought with him the Holy Grail, the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, which he buried it at the base of the Tor.
The first monastic Church of St. Michael that stood on Glastonbury Tor was probably destroyed in the major earthquake of 1275. The church was rebuilt in the 14th century, and only the tower still stands today. Glastonbury is still considered a Holy Place and attracts many pilgrims and other visitors each year.
Wells Cathedral – West Front
Not far away from Glastonbury is another iconic building in the form of Wells Cathedral, considered by many to be the finest Cathedral in England.
Construction of Wells Cathedral commenced in 1175 and was largely completed for its dedication in 1239. Wells Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Bath & Wells who lives in the Bishop’s palace.
The image is of the glorious West Elevation taken from the Cathedral Green.
Vicars’ Close sits adjacent to Wells Cathedral and has its origins in the 14th century and is believed to be the oldest purely residential street with its original buildings in tact in Europe.
The Bishop’s Palace
This is the famous Croquet Lawn within the walls of the Bishop’s Palace.
The Low Lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea
Another iconic structure, this is the Low Lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea, a much photographed wooden lighthouse constructed on wooden piles. Burnham is locate on the Bristol Channel near the mouth of the River Parret, where the tide goes out for almost 1.5 miles.
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