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Beckery Chapel Glastonbury 1967-8

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In 1961, the Chalice Well Trust, at the instigation of the late Wellesley Tudor Pole, initiated a programme of archaeological excavation in the hope that it would clarify the early Christian legends of Glastonbury. The first work was done at Chalice Well itself in 1961, and this was followed by three seasons on Glastonbury Tor from 1964-6. The excavation at Beckery of 1967-8 followed an earlier one by John Morland in 1887. This had revealed the plan of two chapels cut through even earlier graves. This encouraged the hope that Beckery might be the early scene of early Christian activity, traditionally associated with St Bridget and the 5th century. Nothing definite of such early date was found, but evidence described in the following pages is of considerable interest for the understanding of the ecclesiastical history of Glastonbury in the Saxon and medieval periods. Further work was planned on other sites, but this has been suspended indefinitely because of the death of Major Tudor Pole in 1968. This report and those on the earlier excavations of Chalice Well and the Tor are a tribute to his far-sightedness in instigating our work, which has been so informative about the earlier history of Glastonbury.

Book has water stains, primarily on the final page.

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Author(s):
Philip Rahtz & Susan Hirst
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1974
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
93
Publisher:
Glastonbury Antiquarian Society
Title:
Beckery Chapel Glastonbury 1967-8

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In 1961, the Chalice Well Trust, at the instigation of the late Wellesley Tudor Pole, initiated a programme of archaeological excavation in the hope that it would clarify the early Christian legends of Glastonbury. The first work was done at Chalice Well itself in 1961, and this was followed by three seasons on Glastonbury Tor from 1964-6. The excavation at Beckery of 1967-8 followed an earlier one by John Morland in 1887. This had revealed the plan of two chapels cut through even earlier graves. This encouraged the hope that Beckery might be the early scene of early Christian activity, traditionally associated with St Bridget and the 5th century. Nothing definite of such early date was found, but evidence described in the following pages is of considerable interest for the understanding of the ecclesiastical history of Glastonbury in the Saxon and medieval periods. Further work was planned on other sites, but this has been suspended indefinitely because of the death of Major Tudor Pole in 1968. This report and those on the earlier excavations of Chalice Well and the Tor are a tribute to his far-sightedness in instigating our work, which has been so informative about the earlier history of Glastonbury.

Book has water stains, primarily on the final page.

Author(s):
Philip Rahtz & Susan Hirst
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1974
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
93
Publisher:
Glastonbury Antiquarian Society
Title:
Beckery Chapel Glastonbury 1967-8

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