The Friends of Bride’s Mound were formed in November 1995 from dedicated volunteers.
To preserve, protect and enhance the land known as Bride’s Mound and the immediate environs by keeping the natural simplicity of this special place open to the local community and visitors.
In 2000 Friends of Bride’s Mound gave evidence at the Public Inquiry for the District Local Plan, establishing that the whole Chapel Field was outside the Morland’s development limit. The Inspector supported our intentions that this place would be respected for its spiritual significance and that any use of the site failing to respect the setting of the Chapel would not be allowed.
In 2005 Friends of Bride’s Mound purchased three fields, i.e. twenty-five acres of land, known locally as ‘The Brides’, which included the Ridge which forms part of the western end of Bride’s Mound. In 2009 Somerset County Council became the owners of the Chapel field. They are liasing with us over the management of the Chapel Field.
After many years of neglect, this land is responding to the love and care from Friends of Bride’s Mound and now Somerset County Council, and is once again taking its rightful place in the Glastonbury landscape as the western gateway to Avalon. The goalposts may have changed over the years but our mission remains the same.
Where is Bride’s Mound?
Bride’s Mound is a small hill to the west of Glastonbury in an area called Beckery island, close to the site known locally as ‘The Morland’s Site’, an abandoned sheepskin factory. This area is in the process of being redeveloped and regenerated. Bride’s Mound is situated near the outlying end of Wearyall Hill, just off the opposite side of Street Road. It can be reached by Bus Nos. 29, 37, 375 and 377 from the Abbey Car Park bus-stop on Magdalene Street, getting off at the Moorlands bus-stop by Beckery Enterprise Park.
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