UNDER A SHROUD OF LEGEND AND MYTH
Shafts of golden light fall upon the intricate Gothic architecture of Wells Cathedral in Somerset, lending it an ecclesiastical glow among its surroundings. Beyond, the swirling veil of opalescent mist obscures the iconic silhouette of Glastonbury Tor, topped by the Grade I listed St Michael’s Tower. Rising approximately 518ft (158m) high, the hill takes its distinctive shape from a combination of artificial terraces and geological influences, and is surrounded by myth and legend. Overlooking ‘The Isle of Avalon’, the hill was believed to be the resting place of the Holy Grail, brought by Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus’ uncle. Jesus is said to have come to Glastonbury as a boy, inspiring William Blake to write in his poem Jerusalem, printed in 1808, ‘And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green? And was the Holy Lamb of God On England’s pleasant pastures seen?’ History has since been woven with mythology, and clarity is lost to the mists of time.