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St John the Baptist, Glastonbury

St John the Baptist, Glastonbury

St John the Baptist, Glastonbury

Find out all you need to know about the parish church of St John the Baptist in Glastonbury.

Name of your place of worship

The Church of St John the Baptist, Glastonbury

Address of your place of worship

High Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9DR

St John the Baptist, Glastonbury

The Joseph window

Religion or faith that is practised there

Anglican parish church

Number of people that attend the place of worship

The numbers range from a dozen or so for small weekday services to 400+ on special occasions.

The average weekly communion service has a congregation of about 80.

Age of the building

There has been a church on the site since about 950AD. Parts of the existing building date back to about 1100 AD.

The majority of the current building dates to the 15th century, with restoration in the 19th century.

Style of architecture of the building

It's mixed - it includes Norman, medieval and Gothic elements.

Extra-religious activities that the place of worship takes part in

We have a Flower and Arts Festival in the summer and a Christmas Tree Festival (over 40 trees all decorated by local organisations) immediately prior to Christmas.

In addition, we host many concerts throughout the year.

St John the Baptist, Glastonbury

The Green Man boss

The place of worship's best feature

The Holy Thorn in the churchyard and the Joseph window.

The window depicts Joseph of Arimathea who, legend has it, brought the Holy Grail, in the form of two chalices, with Christ's blood and tears.

Interesting people or facts about the building

The hymn Jerusalem is thought to have been based on Joseph of Arimathea bringing Jesus to Glastonbury as a boy.

Other saints possibly associated with Glastonbury include St Bride (or St Bridgit), St Aristobulus, St Simon of Zelotes and King Arviragus.

There is a Green Man as one of the bosses in the ceiling of the Lady Chapel.

last updated: 18/12/2007 at 15:45
created: 28/03/2007

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