Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, situated at a dry point on the low lying Somerset Levels, (37 km) south of Bristol. The town, which is in the Mendip district, had a population of 8,784 in the 2001 census.
Glastonbury Abbey, seen here, was a monastery in Glastonbury. The ruins are now a grade I listed building, and a Scheduled Ancient Monument and are open as a visitor attraction. The abbey was founded in the 7th century and enlarged in the 10th, before a major fire in 1184 destroyed the buildings. It was rebuilt and by the 14th century was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England.
The Glastonbury Thorn is a form of Common Hawthorn, found in and around Glastonbury, Somerset, England. Unlike ordinary hawthorn trees, it flowers twice a year, the first time in winter and the second time in spring. The trees in the Glastonbury area have been propagated by grafting since ancient times. It is associated with legends about Joseph of Arimathea and the arrival of Christianity in Britain, and has appeared in written texts since the medieval period.