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The Church of Saint John the Baptist, High Street, Glastonbury
Renovations over the centuries indicate that there was a large tower on this site dating from around 950. By 1203 there was a Norman church on the site that had much the same floor plan as the present church. It is believed the current tower was built around 1475, at near the same time as the George and Pilgrims Inn, and by the same fellow, Abbot John Selwood. Standing some 134+ feet tall, the tower is highly ornamented (more so than the rest of the building) and highly visible. The tower today has a chiming clock, but no clock face. The present building was completed by the end of the fifteenth century but changes and renovations continued for many years.
Inside, as stated in 1534 by a historian named Leland, it is 'A fair lightsome church'. The stained glass and carvings are magnificent. The building is made of Doulting stone, Street stone, and the local Tor burr and almost seems to glow on a sunny day. There is a lovely labyrinth on the grounds used for mediations and prayer and the church bells are musical and breathtaking to hear.
There have been bells in the
church since 1403AD. The oldest bell today was made in 1612 and was recast in
1992. There are currently eight bells in the church and the bell ringers
practice on Thursday evenings (which make Thursday evenings a treat to sit
in the Abbey grounds across the lane and enjoy the sounds!)
For those wanting to attend services...
8.00am - Holy Communion (BCP)
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