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Glastonbury, Somerset

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Glastonbury, Somerset

Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, situated at a dry point on the low lying Somerset Levels, 23 miles south of Bristol. The town, which is in the Mendip district, had a population of 8,784 in the 2001 census. Glastonbury is less than 1 mile across the River Brue from Street, which is now larger than Glastonbury. Evidence from timber trackways such as the Sweet Track show that the town has been inhabited since Neolithic times.
DistrictMendip
Post townGlastonbury
Administrative CountySomerset
Traditional CountySomerset
OS GridST5039
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityAvon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01458
Population8,784
 

Other names by which Glastonbury, Somerset has been known in the past

Avalon ~ Glascon ~ Glasconia ~ Glasenbury ~ Glassenbury ~ Glastenburie ~ Glastenbury ~ Glastn Ey ~ Glastingberie ~ Glaestingeberia

Glastonbury, Somerset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Glastonbury, mun. bor., market town, and par., mid. Somerset, on river Brue, 5 miles S. of Wells by rail and 132 miles SW. of London -- par., 7083 ac., pop. 3828; mun. bor., pop. 3719; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. The town is situated upon a peninsula, which anciently was an island. There is very little trade. Glastonbury Abbey, of which there are few vestiges, was one of the oldest and most magnificent ecclesiastical institutions in England.

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