A Little Glastonbury Mystery

Here’s a conundrum for you

I found this pile of letters and numbers on Saturday afternoon outside St John’s Church in Glastonbury High Street.

I felt a bit sorry for these lost letters, all jumbled up and meaningless in a heap. Of course my next thought, this being Glastonbury, was that they must ‘mean’ something.

Along came a friend, I’ll call her Margo. She’s a bit older than me and (I mean this as a compliment) she’s a strident person – loud, bossy and opinionated. When I first met her, in my mid-twenties, I developed a sneaking suspicion that I would grow up to be rather like her. Suffice to say that, 24 years later, I still haven’t grown up, but I’ll let you make your own mind up about the other bit…

Anyway, ‘Margo’, having (like me) an enquiring mind, peered at the letters too. She was similarly distressed by their confused state, so we laid them out on the pavement, to see if we could make some sense of them. We couldn’t, except to assume they originally formed a shop sign and that the numbers were a phone number – I’m guessing a mobile as there is no 8 and the Glastonbury code is 01458.

Letters 1

It looks to me that we have the following letters:


But what does it mean????

I put it into an anagram maker and it offered thousands of suggestions. Among them ‘A Bluish Monsoon Trot’ and ‘A Hobo’s Moonlit Turns’. Or they could be formed into ‘South Albion Moors‘, ‘Boom! Our Hot Snails’, or even ‘O, So A Moonlit Shrub’. I arranged the letters into ‘A Brutish Loon Oms Not’, which seemed quite appropriate for Glastonbury.

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7 thoughts on “A Little Glastonbury Mystery”

  1. Lor! A Tor soon in this bum
    Thrombosis lout ran on
    Harmonious bolts torn
    So thumbnail nor torso
    So thumbnail rots or no?
    Bathrooms lotions run
    Bathrooms or Lotus Inn?
    O Bathrooms’ turn loins
    Bathrooms’ loins rut on
    Bathroom stools run-in
    soul torn in bathrooms
    no iron-lust in bathrooms
    loins run to bathrooms
    or monolith aborts
    monolith bras too r

  2. There are 5 sizes of letters that spell out SOULIN; BOSOM; TH; ROTA; NO (using one of the zeros). So there are obviously letters missing. The dialing code of Frome is also conspicuous (1373). It could have been the Frome group, The Tarnations performing the song “ROCK MY SOUL IN THE BOSOM OF ABRAHAM” at the Cheese and Grain venue. If not, perhaps an advert for the sixth album of the Dead Milkmen, the lyrics of which are very Glastonbury link: https://genius.com/albums/The-dead-milkmen/Soul-rotation

  3. Some of the bigger letters are sometimes capitals for some of the smaller letters … and you can clearly see the words SOUL TAROT – large T – smaller following letters – then big IN then the place? SHMOOB then the number? ON xxxxxxxxxxx


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