Repository
  • Somerset Heritage Centre
Reference number
  • A/AMK
Description
  • The books and papers listed below were collected by Mr J F Cooke, who annotated many of the volumes. The collection is centred on Frederick Bligh Bond, FRIBA (1864-1945), Director of Excavations at Glastonbury Abbey, 1908-1922, and his work in Glastonbury. Bligh Bond caused controversy by claiming that his excavations were directed by spirit guides who communicated through automatic writing or 'scripts'. He disagreed both with the diocesan authorities and the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society over his work, especially in respect of his supposed discovery of an apse at the east end of the Edgar chapel. He was dismissed as Director of Excavations in 1922 following a long period of disagreement with his detractors.
Date
  • 1910-1993
Access status
  • Open
Level
  • Collection