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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.Monastic historyIn 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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  • We recently visited this most fabulous Abbey. We were warmly welcomed by the volunteer staff, especially Kev, who was a myriad of knowledge and took time to show us some very interesting parts of the ...  more »
  • Next to the english oldest hotel, the old bell hotel. Probably one of the must visit place if you visiting malmesbury town. Free entry to the church to walk around, there is a market nect to it availa...  more »
  • We stopped here for coffee on our way to Wales! Only a few miles off the M4, and better than a service station! We found our way and parked within easy walk of the abbey. A friendly guide gave us a br...  more »
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  • Great place to visit if you are visiting Malmesbury, built in the 13th century, it was once on a much grander scale. The Abbey and garden that remains are peaceful and packed with history. The volunteers are lovely and helpful.
  • Beautiful place, very magical. Perfect for photo opportunities as it is located in a wonderful setting. Remarkably well kept and preserved. Definitely worth a return visit.
  • Intricate carvings, some sadly melting away, others still clear, and all still making a big visual impact. Not a very big church, so doesn't take very long to look around.
  • Wonderful little cafe inside the Abbey. Lovely cup of tea and slice of delicious lemon sponge cake ( about 5 quid for 2 teas and a slice of cake) Such nice friendly staff. Very child friendly in the Abbey, not in the slightest bit stuffy! Really enjoyed the visit.
  • Fascinating history and architecture - a must-visit if you're in the south Cotswolds
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