Commemoration of the death of Richard Whiting

November 15th 1539 is generally held to be the day on which the last Abbott of Glastonbury, Richard Whiting was executed for alleged treason. He was drawn, hung on Glastonbury Tor then quartered with the body parts displayed in local towns whilst the head was displayed on the gates of Glastonbury Abbey.

Whilst there is some recent evidence that the date of execution may have been November 14th, it is on 15th November that we remember him within this town.