The intrepid explorers at the beeb report today that the skeletons of monks have been found at Beckery. One of several islands or perhaps former islands in Somerset near Glastonbury.
"There are a few rudimentary buildings made of wattle and daub, so nothing grand made of stone."
The site is well connected. King Arthur, Mary Magdalene and sweet baby Jesus as well as the feisty Brigid, she of the flames and wishing wells. Apparently the place was known as little Ireland because of the number of Irish visitors although this may have been a later name for it.
Someone can't draw wattle and daub.
The site of a chapel and holy shrine dating back over 1,500 years to late Roman / early Saxon times. Beckery Chapel provides fine views across the Avalon Marshes and to Glastonbury Tor and Wearyall Hill.
So, we have monks in an isolated position with fine views over the surrounding countryside. They did like their views.
Another site goes further into the well travelled Brigid associating her with much older pre Christian traditions. Which to my way of thinking would be quite logical but then I'm not an archaeologist.
Bride's Mound takes its name from Bride (pronounced Breed), Brigit and Brighde (pronounced Bree-dah), the Triple Goddess of the Celts. Bride was one of the most widely worshipped Goddesses in Celtic Britain and is known as the Guardian of Wells and Springs. Furthermore, She has an affinity with Fire and is entitled Keeper of the Flame and Goddess of Fire
I would suggest something else at this point. If the name is pronounced 'Breed-dah' it could point to something else. In gaelic it would be more like 'Breetcheh' or perhaps in modern English 'Bright' as in 'it's a braw bricht moonlicht nicht the noo.' Well, maybe not English.
But then we do have the idea of the country being called Brighton er sorry Britain or variations on that. Pytheas called the main island Brittia and Ireland Brittania. Perhaps that was his little jest.
But we do have the Brigantes ruling over god's own country and surrounding areas. And Yorkshire folk are still described as 'wick in th'head'. Not thick if you please.
Perhaps this place was a long standing keeper of the flames. For travellers perhaps. A wee lighthouse in all that water?
If it had good views of the surrounding countryside I assume the surrounding countryside had a good view of itself.