Archaeology at Glastonbury Abbey on-line

Trustees of Glastonbury Abbey, 2007 (updated 2010)

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Photograph of Phase 2 excavations

In the summer of 2007 two small excavations were conducted by Arthur, Charles and Nancy Hollinrake at the south-eastern corner of the abbey cloister; in the later Middle Ages this area was occupied by the eastern walk of the cloister and one end of the undercroft below the adjacent dormitory. Excavation was first carried out there by the architectural historian Francis Bligh Bond in 1909-10.

Phase 1 comprised a small archaeological investigation undertaken in connection with a boggy area of ground immediately NE of the Refectory Undercroft, and exposed a stone-lined chamber. The feature, possibly a well or a water tank, could not be dated. The upper 0.6m-0.7m of rubble and clay filling the feature was removed so that a plastic tank could be inserted to act as a container for excess ground water.

Phase 2 of the archaeological works in Glastonbury Abbey, undertaken in order to both investigate and to remedy a large boggy patch immediately E of the SE corner of the East Cloister, involved the excavation of a 'T' shaped trench immediately West of the small area investigated in June 2007 (the Phase 1 works).