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The Glastonbury Tradition

S1R,-"Did Our Lord Visit Britain, as They Say in Cornwall and Somerset" is the title of a small book by the Rev. C. C. Dobson, Vicar of St. Mary-in-the-Castle, Hastings, first published in April, 1936. Two hooks on Glastonbury Abbey, one b4, the Rev. C. L. Marson and the other by i he architect, Frederick Bligh Bond, both deal with the St. Joseph of Arimathea tradition in some detail. This tradition. that St. Joseph of Arimathea came to Glastonbury and found the "wattle church," seems to be generally accepted, though it has become somewhat entangled with the Arthurian legends. Mr. Bligh Bond gives the following sources: John of Glaston's Hist. (Ed. Hearne), I, pp. 1. 10 and 48; also Malmesbury's "Geste Pontificorum" (Ed. Hearne), pp. 5 and 12; see also Polydorc Vergilius Hist.; fol. Basiliz 1557, lib. iv. p. 89. Mr. Dobson quotes from Gildas and Taliesin.

The wattle church survived down to 1184s when it was destroyed by fire. It was replaced by the Chapel of Our Lady and St. Joseph of Arimathea. in the Transitional style, which remains the most intact portion of the ruined abbey church.

At least two charters that were signed within the walls of the wattle church appear to be extant, one of King Inc. A.D. 725. and one of Cnut, 1032.

Allan H.R. Parr. 33 Akerman Road, London, S.W.9.




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