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Encyclopedia > Glastonbury Canal

The Glastonbury Canal ran just over 14 miles through two locks from Glastonbury to Highbridge where it entered the Bristol channel. The canal gained it Act of Parliament in 1827 and opened in 1833 one of the key promoters was Richard Prat the town clerk of Glastonbury. The canal was built with wide locks in order to take the coasters that worked the Bristol channel. By 1840 it was clear that the canal was a financial disaster. With an exception of a short stretch at Highbridge the canal was abandoned in 1854 the same year that a railway following the same root was opened . In 1936 this remaining section was abandoned.


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Glastonbury swan and Cygnus: Key to 2012 (4844 words)
Brigid's worship in Glastonbury was crystallized as early as the fifth century by incoming Irish settlers with the foundation of a St Bride's spring, close to a St Bride's chapel, once located on an elevated plateau known as the Beckery, or Bride's Mound.
Glastonbury's terrestrial swan effigy, whether purely a work of nature or sculpted by ancient hands, might easily have been seen as an expression of a pagan goddess, possibly a form of Brigid, venerated hereabouts prior to the receding of the Bristol Channel to its current position over 14 miles away some 2,000 years ago.
Glastonbury artist and writer Yuri Leitch has investigated the presence of the cult of Brigid around the Bristol Channel and notes that its river, the mighty Severn, was sacred to a water goddess named Sabrina.
Glastonbury - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1050 words)
Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, situated at a dry spot on the Somerset Levels, 30 miles south of Bristol.
The Joseph of Arimathea legend relates to the idea that Glastonbury was the birthplace of Christianity in the British Isles, and that the first British church was built there at Joseph's behest to house the Holy Grail, 30 or so years after the death of Jesus.
Glastonbury and Street was the biggest station on the original Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway main line from Highbridge to Evercreech Junction until closed in 1966 under the Beeching axe.
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