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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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  • 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.
  • Brilliant place and go regularly to the toddler group here on mondays.
  • Beautiful place. Friendly and welcoming staff.
  • Beautiful abbey and in remarkable condition considering it's size
  • Beautiful abbey and well worth the visit.

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