THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED!
Unfortunately, after checking the Glastonbury Tor permission we feel there is too much green waste to let this go ahead. It’s a fantastic location as you can see from the pic of the Tor below and how close we are but in fairness to our members, after a few hours checking the fields, personally I wouldn’t want to pay for a day detecting there. Paul has contacted the Hartpury farmer and we have booked to go there as an aletrnative, so I will be creating that event in the morning for people to sign up. Apologies to those already booked for Glastonbury but I am sure you would all rather know about this now than discover it on the day!
Please note: We expect all finds to be shown for photographing, all items considered treasure for the finder to provide identification and a contact number. Whilst it is not our responsibility to report items of treasure found on our digs, we will advise the finder to do so and expect confirmation it has been done. And find of this nature not reported will entail the finders details being passed to the relevant authority.
This dig will take place on land that stretches to just 5 fields away from the base of the Tor. We will NOT being detecting on that ;)
Please note: we are visiting this land on Sunday to check for green waste as we are aware of some land in the vicinity has been subjected to a small amount of this annoying farm fertiliser. We will update on Sunday night. In the meantime, please register your interest as we are quite confident there will be enough land unaffected to have a great day. Hopefully it will all be fine.
Our permission is also just half a mile from West Pennard. The Church of St Nicholas which is in this village dates from the 15th century and is a Grade I listed building. The churchyard cross, which was built between 1493 and 1524 by Abbot Richard Beere of Glastonbury, is also Grade I listed.
Artefacts from human visitation have been found, dating from the Iron Age to Roman eras.
Several buildings were constructed on the summit during the Saxon and early medieval periods; they have been interpreted as an early church and monks’ hermitage. The head of a wheel cross dating from the 10th or 11th century has been recovered. The original wooden church was destroyed by an earthquake in 1275, and the stone Church of St Michael built on the site in the 14th century. Its tower remains, although it has been restored and partially rebuilt several times. Archaeological excavations during the 20th century sought to clarify the background of the monument and church, but some aspects of their history remain unexplained. The Tor is mentioned in Celtic mythology, particularly in myths linked to King Arthur, and has a number of other enduring mythological and spiritual associations.
Ruin of St Michael’s Church
During the late Saxon and early medieval period there were at least four buildings on the summit. The base of a stone cross demonstrates Christian use of the site during this period and it may have been a hermitage. The broken head of a wheel cross dated to the 10th or 11th centuries was found part way down the hill and may have been the head of the cross that stood on the summit. The head of the cross is now in the Museum of Somerset in Taunton.
The earliest timber church, which was dedicated to St Michael, is believed to have been constructed in the 11th or 12th century from which post holes have since been identified. Associated monk cells have also been identified.
St Michael’s Church was destroyed by an earthquake on 11 September 1275. According to the British Geological Survey, the earthquake was felt in London, Canterbury and Wales, and was reported to have destroyed many houses and churches in England. The force was greater than 7 MSK, with its epicentre in the area around Portsmouth or Chichester, South England.
A second church, also dedicated to St Michael, was built of local sandstone in the 14th century by the Abbot Adam of Sodbury, incorporating the foundations of the previous building. It included stained glass and decorated floor tiles. There was also a portable altar of Purbeck Marble; it is likely that the Monastery of St Michael on the Tor was a daughter house of Glastonbury Abbey. In 1243 Henry III granted a charter for a six-day fair at the site.
St Michael’s Church survived until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 when, except for the tower, it was demolished.The Tor was the place of execution where Richard Whiting, the last Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey, was hanged, drawn and quartered along with two of his monks, John Thorne and Roger James. The three-storey tower of St Michael’s Church survives. It has corner buttresses and perpendicular bell openings. There is a sculptured tablet with an image of an eagle below the parapet.