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Latitude: 51.1459 / 51°8'45"N
Longitude: -2.7114 / 2°42'41"W
OS Eastings: 350332
OS Northings: 138759
OS Grid: ST503387
Mapcode National: GBR MK.84WW
Mapcode Global: VH8B3.YGGC
Plus Code: 9C3V47WQ+9C
Entry Name: Wall around grounds of Glastonbury Abbey and Abbey House, including the gate way on Chilkwell Street, Chilkwell Street and Wall around grounds of Glastonbury Abbey and Abbey House, Silver Street
Listing Date: 21 June 1950
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1345438
English Heritage Legacy ID: 265894
Location: Glastonbury, Mendip, Somerset, BA6
Civil Parish: Glastonbury
Built-Up Area: Glastonbury
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 03/03/2020
CHILKWELL STREET (south west side)
Wall around grounds of Glastonbury Abbey and Abbey House, including the gate way on Chilkwell Street
(Formerly listed as Wall around grounds of Glastonbury Abbey and Abbey Retreat House, including the gate way on Chilkwell Street)
SILVER STREET (south side)
Wall around grounds of Glastonbury Abbey and Abbey House
(Formerly listed as Wall around grounds of Glastonbury Abbey and Abbey Retreat House)
The wall runs along the south side of Silver Street before turning at right-angles to run south along the west side of Chilkwell Street. It is said to be largely the original late medieval wall which surrounded the Abbey precinct. Some sections of the masonry are considerably disturbed. The gateway on Chilkwell Street is largely C19 but incorporates medieval work. Large four-centred archway with small window over. Buttresses with set-offs to each end. Four medieval carved panels inset above archway (two on inside face) including depictions of the Pelican in her Piety and St Joseph's cruet. Against the north side of the gateway is a fragment of wall standing to its original height. The wall running north is stepped down to approximately 7/8 ft, random freestone blocks with concrete coping. On Silver Street, the wall retains the jambs and voussoirs of a small four-centred archway (blocked). Directly north of Abbey House the wall rises abruptly to approximately 12 ft and is much disturbed. This higher section ends to the west with a late medieval buttress with one set-off and chamfered plinth. This buttress also terminates a section of wall composed of masonry blocks running south at right-angles to the street, and with a crenellated section returned at south end. The wall on Silver Street continues some distance further west at a lower height of approximately 8 ft.
To the south of the Chilkwell Street gateway, the wall is approximately 10 ft high and apparently stands to its original height. A short section of original coping survives, replaced by concrete further south. Random rubble, partly coursed. This wall has considerable irregularities and lessens in height before turning west away from the street. The wall continues in a rebuilt form along the backs of the houses at Bere Lane before it finally reaches Friar's Hill. This section has stones set on end along the top.
Abbey House, Glastonbury Abbey (see Magdalene Street), Wall around grounds of the Abbey and Abbey House, and the listed buildings from No 3 to No 17 Chilkwell Street (north east side), all form an important group.
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