Glastonbury Chairs of Norfolk.


Glastonbury chair is a nineteenth-century term for an earlier wooden chair , usually of oak, possibly based on a chair made for Richard Whiting, the last Abbot of Glastonbury England.  The Glastonbury chair was known to exist since the Early Middle Ages, but seems to have disappeared from use in part of the Later Middle Ages; it re-emerged in use in Italy by the fifteenth century AD. In England it was made originally from a description brought back from Rome in 1504 by Abbot Richard Beere to Glastonbury Abbey, and was produced for or by John Arthur Thorne, a monk who was the treasurer at the abbey. Arthur perished on Glastonbury Tor in 1539, hung, drawn and quartered alongside his master, Richard Whiting, the last Abbot of Glastonbury, during the dissolution of the monasteries. The Abbot sat on a Glastonbury chair during his trial at Bishops Palace Wells, where one of the two original surviving examples (illustrated) can still be seen, together with other chairs of this age and later reproductions.This is my attempt at recording some of the oness that feature in churches around Norfolk.

Alburgh Glastonbury chair Norfolk
North Barsham by the Old Boi