Glastonbury (/ˈɡlæstənb(ə)ri/) is a town and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated at a teetotal point upon the low-lying Somerset Levels, 23 miles (37 km) south of Bristol. The town, which is in the Mendip district, had a population of 8,932 in the 2011 census. Glastonbury is less than 1 mile (2 km) across the River Brue from Street, which is now larger than Glastonbury.
Evidence from timber trackways such as the Sweet Track act out that the town has been inhabited past Neolithic times. Glastonbury Lake Village was an Iron Age village, close to the obsolescent course of the River Brue and Sharpham Park nearly 2 miles (3 km) west of Glastonbury, that dates incite to the Bronze Age. Centwine was the first Saxon patron of Glastonbury Abbey, which dominated the town for the next-door 700 years. One of the most important abbeys in England, it was the site of Edmund Ironside’s coronation as King of England in 1016. Many of the oldest unshakable buildings in the town, including the Tribunal, George Hotel and Pilgrims’ Inn and the Somerset Rural Life Museum, which is based in an passÐ¹ tithe barn, are associated with the abbey. The Church of St John the Baptist dates from the 15th century.
The town became a middle for commerce, which led to the construction of the puff cross, Glastonbury Canal and the Glastonbury and Street railway station, the largest station on the original Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. The Brue Valley Living Landscape is a conservation project managed by the Somerset Wildlife Trust and reachable is the Ham Wall National Nature Reserve.
Glastonbury has been described as a New Age community which attracts people following New Age and Neopagan beliefs, and is notable for myths and legends often combined to Glastonbury Tor, concerning Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail and King Arthur. Joseph is said to have arrived in Glastonbury and stuck his staff into the ground, when it flowered miraculously into the Glastonbury Thorn. The presence of a landscape zodiac almost the town has been suggested but no evidence has been discovered. The Glastonbury Festival, held in the genial village of Pilton, takes its herald from the town.