Glastonbury Abbey’s Hospitium: The George & Pilgrims’ Inn

Glastonbury Abbey’s Hospitium: The George & Pilgrims’ Inn

  In a prominent position in the high street of Glastonbury, Somerset, lies The George & Pilgrims’ Inn. It was originally the hospitium of Glastonbury Abbey, dating from circa 1475.[i] It is situated outside the abbey precinct of the once great Benedictine...
The George Inn, Norton St Philip: Wine, Wool & Worship

The George Inn, Norton St Philip: Wine, Wool & Worship

There is something evocative about the idea of a medieval inn. Perhaps it stems from Chaucer’s Canterbury tales conjuring up images of The Tabard inn in Southwark, London – with ‘mine host’, tasty pies and pilgrims telling stories whilst sat beside a warm fire,...
King Alfred in the Somerset Marshes – Part 2

King Alfred in the Somerset Marshes – Part 2

Figure 1: Looking east from the land below Athelney towards Burrow Mump on a misty morning. Whilst the land is reclaimed and cultivated nowadays, it was a patchwork of marshes, reeds and flood water. Low islands stood above the wetlands, only accessible by punts and...
King Alfred in the Somerset Marshes – Part 1

King Alfred in the Somerset Marshes – Part 1

Figure 1: Low-lying mist looking across the Somerset Levels from Aller Church at dawn In this post and the next one I want to concentrate on an area in the Somerset Levels that was a key turning point in the history of Wessex and England. This first post is to provide...
Life on the edge – the Cistercian Abbey of Dunkeswell, Devon

Life on the edge – the Cistercian Abbey of Dunkeswell, Devon

Figure 1: Ruins of the north wall of west range at Dunkeswell Abbey, East Devon. Church of 1842 behind. Nestling in a valley of the Blackdown Hills, on the banks of the River Madford, are the enigmatic remains of Dunkeswell Abbey. Only fragments are left of the abbey...