MEARE FISH HOUSE, Somerset. The only surviving monastic fishery building in England. It housed the Abbot of Glastonburys water bailiff and provided facilities for fish-salting and drying. General exterior view with gate in the foreground
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print showcases the remarkable Meare Fish House, a true gem of Somerset's rich history. As the sole surviving monastic fishery building in England, it stands as a testament to the region's medieval past and offers us a glimpse into its rural charm. Nestled amidst an idyllic countryside landscape, this enchanting structure served as both the residence for Glastonbury Abbey's water bailiff and a hub for fish-salting and drying activities. Its historical significance cannot be overstated, as it provides invaluable insights into the lives of those who once inhabited these lands. The image captures a general exterior view of Meare Fish House, with an inviting gate standing prominently in the foreground. The gate seems to beckon visitors to step back in time and explore this architectural marvel firsthand. Through this photograph by Historic England Photo Library, we are transported to an era long gone but not forgotten. It is a reminder that even within our modern world, echoes of our ancestors' endeavors can still be found if we take the time to seek them out. Let this image serve as an invitation for all history enthusiasts and lovers of tranquil landscapes alike to immerse themselves in Somerset's fascinating heritage. Step through that gate and embark on a journey through time at Meare Fish House – where stories from centuries past come alive before your very eyes.
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