I base my contention upon what I learned in Glastonbury from the locals with
whom I spoke and books I purchased there, including "Glastonbury Tor/A Guide
to The History and Legends" by Nicholas R. Mann, Triskele Publications,
Somerset 1993 (ISBN 0-95 10682-1-0) in which he states on page18 " It was
written in contemporary chronicles that on the 11th of September in the year
1275 'between the first and third hours of the day,' an earthquake destroyed
the church of St. Michael on the Tor".
I cannot put my hands onto the references for the lightning blasts at the
moment; my library has not been completely unpacked since my own home was
shattered by earthquake 2 years ago. I know that it is a local legend at
least in Glastonbury, and having spent some time within thse ruins myself I
can believe it. If pressed for more references I'm sure I can ransack the
boxes in my garage and find them, or call upon friends with such books in
their own libraries, or perhaps track down the 23 item bibliography cited in
this 64 page booklet.
If I were asked to wager on the issue I would still take the side of the