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The Chalice Well is a spring which flows up in a stone well shaft thought to be more than 800 years old. It is also thought to be the burial place of the Holy Grail, brought to Glastonbury by Joseph of Aramathea. The well cover is made from English Oak and covered in the pattern "vesica piscis" in wrought iron designed by Frederick Bligh Bond. This pattern/symbol is seen throughout the gardens.
The Well has been an important part of Glastonbury, being the chief supply of fresh water to the town until about the 19th century. It's been in continuous use for about 2000 years. The spring has never run dry and its source is a mystery. It does contain iron which stains the surrounding rocks a reddish colour.
The water is thought to have healing powers and you can drink from the Lion's Head out of which the water flows, I'd suggest bringing a water bottle with you. There is also Pilgrim's Bath, in Arthur's Courtyard, where people were able to immerse themselves in the water for healings. The level of the Bath is higher now but healings still take place.
According to the pamplet I picked up when I visited, the healing comes not from the minerals in the water but from a "vibratory force that is released when the water leaves its subterranean home and interacts with thr forces of earth, air and light above ground." Very New Agey around this place.
The grounds are quite nice to wander through and there are several Holy Thorns such as the one at Glastonbury Abbey.

Admission to the Garden is 2.70 for an adult.

Address: Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury
Directions: Off the A361 road towards Shepton Mallet at the base of Glastonbury Tor. About 10 minutes walk from town.
Phone: +44 (0) 1458 831154
Website: http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 6, 2004
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