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Light & Power at Glastonbury Abbey

Client: Martin Thomas Associates

Location: Glastonbury, Somerset

Description of Work: Mechanical and Electrical Services


Glastonbury Abbey was founded in the 7th century and enlarged in the 10th, before a major fire in 1184 destroyed the buildings. It was rebuilt and by the 14th century was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England. The ruins are now a Grade I listed building and popular visitor attraction.

The Abbot’s Kitchen is one of only a handful of medieval kitchens surviving in the world. A major conservation project, supported by Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Glastonbury Abbey’s Appeal ‘Rescue Our Ruins’ is underway to stabilise and therefore protect the ruins.


Wessex have a long track record of expertise in working with heritage locations and as part of the project to stabilise these ruins, Wessex Electricals installed new lighting and power, as well as underfloor heating throughout.

Following on from these works, we were instructed to carry out the installation of a new lighting scheme in the Lady Chapel. This building was built immediately after the disastrous fire which consumed much of the abbey in 1184, and was completed by 1187.

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