A TIMELINE OF GLASTONBURY HISTORY

By Tim Lambert

7th Century An abbey is founded at Glastonbury

946 King Edmund I is buried at Glastonbury

975 King Edgar is buried at Glastonbury

1016 Edmund Ironside is buried at Glastonbury

1086 Glastonbury is described as a town (although it would seem very small to us)

1184 Glastonbury Abbey suffers a severe fire

1186 The Lady Chapel at Glastonbury Abbey is consecrated

1188 Monks at Glastonbury produce a body, which they claim is that of St Dunstan

1191 Monks at Glastonbury 'discover' the bodies of 'King Arthur' and 'Guinevere'

1243 Glastonbury has an annual fair

1251 A hospital is built in Glastonbury where monks care for the sick as best they can. Glastonbury may have had a population of about 1,000.

1539 Henry VIII closes Glastonbury Abbey. The abbot is hung, drawn and quartered.

1685 The Duke of Monmouth leads a rebellion, which is defeated. Afterwards 10 people are executed at Glastonbury

1705 Glastonbury is given a corporation and a mayor

1801 Glastonbury has a population of 2,000

1814 Glastonbury Town Hall is built

1825 A rug making industry begins in Glastonbury

1846 Glastonbury market Cross is erected

1854 The railway reaches Glastonbury

1959 Glastonbury has an annual fair

1966 The railway closes

1971 The Glastonbury Festival begins

1978 Somerset Rural Life Museum opens

2001 The population of Glastonbury is 8,000

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