Reconstruction of the ‘old church’ by Frederick Bligh Bond, 1939 (Glastonbury Abbey)

Glastonbury’s ‘Old Church’: representing ‘the cradle of English Christianity’

Glastonbury was famous in the middle ages as the location of the earliest Christian church in England, a belief that continues to be held by many Christians today. An ancient church was first mentioned in the 10th century, in the Life of St Dunstan, and was described in detail in ...
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The Lady Chapel (c.1185 – 1539)

The Lady Chapel and Crypt Chapel of Joseph of Arimathea

The Lady Chapel was built after fire had destroyed the ‘Old Church’ in 1184. The exterior walls are still standing, but the exterior has lost much of its contrasting stonework detail, whilst inside, the floors and roof are gone and the interior decoration has been almost entirely lost. The digital ...
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Our visualization of how Henry of Blois’ cloisters may have appeared. Surviving fragments are in darker shading.

Imagining Glastonbury’s lost Romanesque Cloister

Among the treasure-trove of architectural fragments at the abbey is a collection of finely-carved blue-lias fragments which have long been regarded as part of Henry of Blois’ magnificent 12th-century cloister. The form of the cloister is a matter for speculation, but a handful of the cloister fragments provides enough useful ...
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An illustrative reconstruction of the visit of Edward III to King Arthur's tomb in December 1331 (© Dominic Andrews,

Reconstructing King Arthur’s tomb: the stuff of legends

Many visitors to Glastonbury Abbey today expect to see a visible monument to King Arthur, commemorating the popular belief that he was buried at Glastonbury in the 6th century. In 1191, the monks uncovered two skeletons that they claimed were those of King Arthur and his second queen, Guinevere. They ...
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An example of a semi-circular apse at Kilpeck in Herefordshire (image: Philip Halling; license: CC BY-SA 2.0)

What’s in a metre? Did the first Anglo-Saxon church at Glastonbury have an apse?

When creating 3D visualisations of lost buildings we must use all the evidence available to help us define what these structures looked like (read our post on recreating lost buildings for more on this). However, the evidence can often be contradictory… or perhaps not even exist at all for certain ...
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Digital reconstruction of the last phase of the Anglo-Saxon church, around 1000 AD

3D visualization at Glastonbury: reimagining what’s no longer there

The church at Glastonbury Abbey, the ruins of which we see today, was not the first religious building on this site. In fact, it was probably not even the second or third! It actually represents the last of many phases of building that grew steadily larger and more ornate over ...
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