Glastonbury thorn


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Glas´ton`bur`y thorn`


1.(Bot.) A variety of the common hawthorn.
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Said to have a special magic, a quasi-religious aura and an atmosphere all its own, it is alleged to have been visited by Joseph of Arimathea who left behind the famous Glastonbury thorn.
Contemplating this possibility, I approached Wearyall Hill, holy ground where Joseph of Arimathea is said to have planted a hawthorn staff that blossomed into the Glastonbury Thorn tree, a stunted version of which remains today.
Aberglasney's director of operations, Graham Rankin, said that the mythical tree may well have been the same as the Glastonbury Thorn, which is a variant of our well-known native hawthorn.
According to local historians, the original hawthorn was planted by a Norman knight named Adam de Dutton, on his return from the Crusades, and the tree is an offshoot of the famous Glastonbury thorn.
There are records of a plant taken from the Glastonbury Thorn flourishing in the churchyard.
The tree, an offshoot of the legendary Glastonbury thorn, was originally planted in memory of Paul Stacey, a popular rector of St Peter's from 1918 to 1944.
Dr Layton's letter is the first recorded mention of this, alter which the fame of the Glastonbury Thorn gradually spread, attracting pilgrims and becoming part of English folklore.
It is at Glastonbury that Joseph of Arimathea is said to have established the first Christian Church in England and, earlier, to have planted his staff, which took root and became the Glastonbury thorn that burst into blossom every Christmas Eve.
The tree has been planted at the arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, with strips of white cotton tied to its branches and those of an existing Glastonbury thorn to mark every life lost.