Madonna appears at Glastonbury Abbey Museum

A STATUE of the Madonna and Child, which had fallen into obscurity for decades, has been
restored and unveiled at its new home, Glastonbury Abbey Museum in Somerset.

Commissioned in 1928 by Glastonbury’s Roman Catholic priest, Friar Francis Burdett, the statue is carved in limestone and originally stood in a niche in the town’s first modern Catholic church, St Mary’s.
The importance of the sculpture was only fully recognised in the 1980s when it was rediscovered in a cemetery by an expert who identified it as a work by the leading British sculptor, Eric Gill. It can now be seen in the Abbey’s museum. Glastonbury Abbey offers special rates of entry for groups of 10 or more.

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