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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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  • Wonderful atmosphere and lively worship a very good choir and a very good sermon. Congregation singing good. A good number of children attending the service who joined their family groups at the commu...  read more »
  • Beautiful Abbey in a great setting. We entered during a service and they didn't mind as long as we were quiet. Highly recommended if you are passing through. 
  • How wonderful to worship in such a warm and friendly atmosphere while being in such awesome and historic surroundings 
  • 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
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