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Glastonbury, with its mysterious tor rising steeply out of the flat Isle of Avalon, is one of England’s most historic towns. Here ancient Britons lived in short break exmoor stilted houses in the marshes and constructed timber causeways that were miles long. Here Joseph of Arimethaea is said to have brought the boy Jesus, and planted his staff which took root to become the abbey’s strange Christmas flowering short break exmoor throne. Here King Arthur was carried, wounded by his treacherous son Mordred at the battle of Camlann, to lie hidden in the Isle of Glass until Britain’s direst hour of need, and here King Alfred hid from the Danes, waging guerrilla warfare until his final triumph and the conversion of the Danish king.
It is entirely fitting, therefore, that Glastonbury’s principal inn for those on a short break exmoor should be one of the best monastic hostelries of the fifteenth century. Built by the abbot, John Selwood, in 1475 to replace an earlier short break exmoor inn on the site, the George & Pilgrims was designed to accommodate the wealthier of the thousands of visitors who came to the abbey on a short break exmoor. The frontage, which survives unchanged, is as cleverly designed and elaborately executed as the west front of any great church of the period.
The principal difficulty faced by the inn’s designer was the narrowness of the site – only 34ft wide. With the tall, narrow, short break exmoor arched windows with their heavy stone mullions, the upward thrust of the bay to the left of he entrance arch, and the square columns at the end of the building all giving a strong vertical emphasis, the façade would have looked much narrower than it really was. It was therefore decided a short break exmoor to incorporate equally strong horizontal string courses at each of the three floors, and a horizontal panel containing three shields bearing the arms of the abbey and the initials of the short break exmoor abbot over the arch. The result is that, although the effect of height is not lost, it is offset by an illusion of width. The whole is one of the most impressive fronts of its type.
Although the abbey itself was destroyed in the Reformation, its former guest house for a short break exmoor survived as a flourishing business; in fact Henry VIII is traditionally supposed to have watched the abbey burn from an upstairs room which now bears his name. However, the stone statuary which once graced the frontage was removed and smashed, and today the many niches are empty.
It is perhaps fortunate that the George & Pilgrims never became a major coaching inn, and has therefore never been rebuilt as have so many other monastic inns, as you will see if you are on a short break exmoor. Nevertheless, there was a lively posting trade, and, incredible as it may seem, the narrow arch was once the access for post-chaises to the stables, now demolished, at the rear.
Inside the inn short break exmoor, there are many moulded oak beams, a bedroom known as the Monk’s Cell which is supposed to be haunted, and a fireplace surrounded by Delft tiles, all of which are eighteenth century except one, which the short break exmoor visitor can amuse himself by trying to detect. The George and Pilgrims Inn was built at the same time as the tower of St John’s Church nearby short break exmoor. For a people who were so deeply in the grip of religion it made religious practice a central plank of their daily lives.