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George and Pilgrim

1 High Street, Glastonbury

To this day, Glastonbury remains the spiritual centre of England. Longstanding rumours have it that the Holy Grail was buried in the fabricated mound, over 550 feet high. Nearby, there was the Benedictine abbey. Here, in the nineteenth century, two excavators discovered two chapels.I t is claimed to have been found by mystic means. Glastonbury is also reputed to be the fabled Isle of Avalon. This pub dates from 1475. Witnesses have seen saw the ghost of a black-clad monk on many occasions at the inn. A more modern ghost, dressed in blue, has been observed. It sports a wide and happy smile. The Glastonbury and Somerset legends include one of the Joseph of Arimathea buildings. It the first wattle and daub church in Glastonbury. After the crucifixion of Jesus, lore has it that Joseph of Arimathea donated his own tomb for Christ's internment at Jerusalem. Joseph came to England bearing the Holy Grail, the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper. When Joseph landed on the Island of Avalon, he set foot on Wearyall Hill below the Tor. Exhausted, he thrust his staff into the ground, where he rested. By morning, his staff had taken root, leaving a strange oriental bush, the sacred Glastonbury Thorn. It is also recorded in the legend that Joseph buried the Holy Grail below the Tor at the entrance to the Underworld. At this place a spring appeared, Chalice Well. Even today, pilgrims believe this water brings eternal youth.