Glastonbury  Somerset


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Glastonbury like this:

Glastonbury, mun. bor., market town, and par., mid. Somerset, on river Brue, 5 miles S. of Wells by rail and 132 miles SW. of London -- par., 7083 ac., pop. 3828; mun. bor., pop. 3719; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. The town is situated upon a peninsula, which anciently was an island. There is very little trade. Glastonbury Abbey, of which there are few vestiges, was one of the oldest and most magnificent ecclesiastical institutions in England.

Glastonbury through time

Glastonbury is now part of Mendip district. Click here for graphs and data of how Mendip has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Glastonbury itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Glastonbury, in Mendip and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd July 2024

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