Holy Thorn Pamphlet

Joseph of Arimathea is closely linked to Glastonbury Abbey, where it is said that he and his followers established the first church on the site. It is believed by many that the abbey’s Holy Thorn tree is descended from the thorn that originally grew from his staff when he stuck it in the ground having climbed nearby Wearyall Hill. Dating from around 1730, this pamphlet gives an account of the legend of the thorn and its association with him. Pamphlet is not on regular display in the museum, and usually only displayed for short periods, e.g. Christmas, when it is.

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