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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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  • Malmesbury really is a very beautuful little town, and the Abby was the highlight. Its big and beautiful on the outside but once inside it feels warm and friendly, loved the community feel and lovely ...  more »
  • Lovely building on the outside in a very pretty village, however personally i was disappointed with the interior  more »
  • Initially visited the town of Malmesbury to see the Abbey for historical reasons . However the town was also interesting the walk around and found a lovely tea rooms for lunch which we thoroughly enjo...  more »
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  • Spectacular semi-ruined abbey building with functioning, beautiful church still at its heart, including a cafĂ©. Lit up at night. Surrounded by many great stories. Don't miss the gravestone of the woman mauled by a tiger.
  • This is a house of God, so you would wonder how transferring it into a SKATE PARK, is appropriate. It isn't, but this is the state of the "Church" of England, today. It's no great surprise to see it in decline.
  • Wonderful to visit with helpful, kind people. Well worth a visit x