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Wall Around Grounds of Glastonbury Abbey and Abbey Retreat House Wall Around Grounds of Glastonbury, Glastonbury

Description: Wall Around Grounds of Glastonbury Abbey and Abbey Retreat House Wall Around Grounds of Glastonbury

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 21 June 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 265894

OS Grid Reference: ST5033238759
OS Grid Coordinates: 350332, 138759
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1459, -2.7114

Location: Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8DH

Locality: Glastonbury
Local Authority: Mendip District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA6 8DH

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Listing Text

(South West side)

21.06.1950 Wall around grounds of
ST50303879 Glastonbury Abbey and
Abbey Retreat House,
including the gate way on
Chilkwell Street


21.06.50 (South Side)
ST50303879 Wall around grounds of
Glastonbury Abbey and
Abbey Retreat House


The wall runs along the south side of Silver Street before turning at right-angles to run south along the west side of Chilkwell Street. It is said to be largely the original late medieval wall which surrounded the Abbey precinct. Some sections of the masonry are considerably disturbed. The gateway on Chilkwell Street is largely C19 but incorporates medieval work. Large 4-centred archway with small window over. Buttresses with set-offs to each end. 4 medieval carved panels inset above archway (2 on inside face) including depictions of the Pelican in her Piety and St Joseph's cruet. Against the north side of the gateway is a fragment of wall standing to its original height. The wall running north is stepped down to approx 7/8 ft, random freestone blocks with concrete coping. On Silver Street, the wall retains the jambs and voussoirs of a small 4-centred archway (blocked). Directly north of Abbey Retreat House the wall rises abruptly to approx 12 ft and is much disturbed. This higher section ends to the west with a late medieval buttress with one set-off and chamfered plinth. This buttress also terminates a section of wall composed of masonry blocks running south at right-angles to the street, and with a crenellated section returned at south end. The wall on Silver Street continues some distance further west at a lower height of approx 8 ft.
To the south of the Chilkwell Street gateway, the wall is approx 10 ft high and apparently stands to its original height. A short section of original coping survives, replaced by concrete further south. Random rubble, partly coursed. This wall has considerable irregularities and lessens in height before turning west away from the street. The wall continues in a rebuilt form along the backs of the houses at Bere Lane before it finally reaches Friar's Hill. This section has stones set on end along the top.
The Abbey Retreat House, Glastonbury Abbey (see Magdalene Street), Wall around grounds of the Abbey and Abbey Retreat House, and the listed buildings from No 3 to No 17 Chilkwell Street (North east side), all form an important group.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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