Norwood Park

Venue Type & Location

Private Residence

Site Name: Norwood Park
Location: near Glastonbury
County: Somerset
Location Type: Town - near town at determined location


The former country residence of the abbots of Glastonbury was located on rising ground along the E side of Glastonbury Tor less than 2 miles from the abbey.

Some fabric and a section of the blue lias and rubble medieval house (including several windows and a privy) remain in the central range, incorporated in a 2-storey gabled farmhouse, significantly altered over the centuries. The main entrance originally faced E.

Performance History

Possible performance venue. Although relevant family records do not survive, Mr Henry Berkeley's players are recorded elsewhere in Somerset during the 1570s.

Current Status

Some remains incorporated in Norwood Park Farm, privately owned.

History of the Venue

ca. 1480 House built by John Selwood, Abbot of Glastonbury.

153x Confiscated by the Crown upon the Dissolution of monasteries.

1547 Granted to Edward Seymour, 5th Duke of Somerset.

1552 Somerset's estates reverted to the Crown on his attainder and execution.

1563 Leased to Sir Maurice Berkeley.

1649 Leased by Sir Charles Berkeley of Bruton to Hugh and Robert Grove.

1654 Sold to Robert Smith, clothier.

1795 Acquired by Sir Harry Burrard (subsequently surnamed Neale), via marriage.

1836 Sold to Alexander Baring, 3rd Baron Ashburton.

ca. 1910 Enlarged and renovated.

Record Source

REED Somerset 1.50, 53

Patrons who owned this venue

Name Dates Titles
Berkeley, Henry 1547-1601 Knight

Bibliographic Sources

Chandler, John. John Leland's Itinerary Travels in Tudor England. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1993.
Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Np: Npub, nd.
Leland, John. The Itinerary of John Leland in or about the Years 1535–1543. Lucy Toulmin Smith, ed. 5 vols. London: Centaur, 1964.
Pevsner, Nikolaus. South and West Somerset. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth, Midd: Penguin Books, 1976.
Phelps, W. History and Antiquities of Somersetshire. 2 vols. London: J.B. Nichols and Son, 1839.
Warner, Rev. Richard. An History of the Abbey of Glaston: and of the Town of Glastonbury. Bath: Richard Cruttwell, 1826.