In the Twin Peaks series Glastonbury/Glastonberry Grove is first seen at the end of episode 27. Not until the final episode of the series, episode 29, was the place actually called by name, Glastonbury/Glastonberry Grove by Agent Cooper. According to the original shooting scripts the spelling was Glastonbury but later publications written by the same writers (Lynch, Frost and others) had a different spelling, Glastonberry. The reason for the change was never given but it has been thought that the change in spelling was provided as reference to the pies, the notable berry pies Norma Jennings could bake at the Double-R Diner.
Regardless of the spelling, the reference to Glastonbury, England and the burial place of King Arthur are not only just referenced but clearly given in the final episode of the series by both Agent Cooper and Pete Martell. So why is Glastonbury, England referenced?
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This hill rises 522 feet above sea level, dominates the Glastonbury landscape, and is visible for miles in the surrounding countryside. Before the marshes were drained, this hill gave the appearance of an island and perhaps gave birth to the myth of the Isle of Avalon. The hill is the oldest and most involved location on the site. Long before the construction of the chapel that sits atop, the mound of Earth, a natural feature, was once a fortress with a wooden wall surrounding the hill at the bottom. The mound has been carved with a trail that winds around and up to the top. The trail is very old and is believed to have been first carved by Druids for this ancient site of worship. Some investigators believe the trail was carved by the Knights Templar as a marker for this site to link it with the Holy Grail. In the oldest legends, Celtic, the hill is supposed to be hollow and walking the trail eventually ends at a gateway at the top which leads to the spirit world. At some of the oldest surrounding graveyards it was discovered that all the graves point directly to the hill. In Christian legends the messiah is slated to reappear at this site. Read more.
Glastonbury Abbey is the oldest Christian foundation and once the most important abbey in England. Only one steeple surrounded by green lawns and the outline of the old abbey remain, but the sight is still stark and awe inspiring. Joseph of Arimanthea supposedly built the first church on this site in 63CE. The supposed resting place of King Arthur and Guinevere is on the Abbey grounds. Read more.
Site of King Arthur's Grave
This sign at Glastonbury Abbey reads: "Site of King Arthur's Tomb. In the year 1191AD the bodies of King Arthur and his Queen were said to have been found on the south side of the Lady Chapel. On April, 19th 1278AD, their remains were removed in the presence of King Edward I and his Queen to a black marble tomb on this site. This tomb survived until the dissolution of the Abbey in 1539AD.
The Chalice Well
A spring once ran between the Tor and Chalice Hill in Glastonbury. What remains of the spring is a well which is now surrounded by gardens. A description by Perlesvaus of Lancelot visiting a spring near Avalon may refer to Chalice Well. Christian legend once held that the well ran with Christ's blood; in actuality it is rust deposits from the source that gives the water its red color. The well is said by some to be the place where the Holy Grail was secreted.