A – Z OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
G is for Glastonbury Tor
Today we travel to Glastonbury Tor in the county of Somerset
Glastonbury Tor is a 500 foot conical hill of clay with terraced slopes topped by the roofless St. Michael's Tower, the only remaining piece of a 14th Century church, now a Grade I Listed Building managed by the National Trust.
Glastonbury is steeped in history. The terracing on the hillside is of unknown origin but artefacts have been found dating from the Iron Age to the Roman era.
Earlier religious buildings were constructed on the summit from Saxon and early medieval times and were thought to have been an early church and monks’ heritage.
The Tor with the ruins of St. Michael's Tower
Photos from Wikimedia Commons
The Tor has many legends and myths and spiritual connotations mixed with it. It is associated with Avalon and King Arthur since the alleged discovery of King Arthur’s and Queen Guinevere’s neatly labelled coffins in 1191 recounted by Gerald of Wales.
It is also reputed to be called a magic mountain, a faeries’ glass hill, a spiral castle, a Grail castle, the Land of the Dear, Hades, a Druid initiation centre, an Arthurian hill-fort, a magnetic power point, a crossroad of leys, a centre for Goddess fertility rituals and celebrations and also a converging point for UFOs.
A life time love affair
Arthur and Guinevere
The power plays of the day
Were not easy to keep at bay
Little did they know
They would always be on show
Centuries have come and gone
Their names live on and on
In myths and legends
Buried on an island
A spiritual place with swirling mists
Ghostly encounters of trysts
Imagined or real who can say anymore
People travel to the top of the Tor
Not sure what they are looking for
Maybe they are changed forever more.