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Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury

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Malmesbury Abbey, at Malmesbury in Wiltshire, England, is a religious house dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. It was one of the few English houses with a continual history from the 7th century through to the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
In the later seventh century, the site of the Abbey was chosen by Maildubh, an Irish monk who established a hermitage, teaching local children. Toward the end of his life (late seventh century), the area was conquered by the Saxons. Malmesbury Abbey was founded as a Benedictine monastery around 676 by the scholar-poet Aldhelm, a nephew of King Ine of Wessex. The town of Malmesbury grew round the expanding Abbey and under Alfred the Great was made a burh, with an assessment of 12 hides.
In AD 941, King Athelstan was buried in the Abbey. Æthelstan had died in Gloucester in October 939. The choice of Malmesbury over the New Minster in Winchester indicated that the king remained an outsider to the West Saxon court. A mint was founded at the Abbey around this time.
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  • It is interesting that the remains of this once beautiful Abbey have been converted for use as a church and services are still held here on a regular basis. It is also the site of man’s first flight a...  more »
  • Second time to walk around it's well looked after and plenty of information about it, even do cuppas and cakes that looked very nice but had just had a meal.  more »
  • A 1000 years of history in this place and has the tomb of King Athelstan the first king of England. A great place to visit and return and feel very privileged to have this in the town we live in. What is must have been like to see when the other wings were still standing however still a stunning Abbey that is in daily use.
  • lovely old building , I'm not a religious person but love the architecture. it's warm inside with a nice little cafe . totally worth a visit.
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