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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 went to our friends wedding and were not disappointed by the gem of a hotel. i would recommend a stay here if you are in the area or round a bouts. Breakfast was great!!  more »
  • Nice place to wonder around both inside and out. The Abbey is an impressive building, take some time to find the strategically placed mirror, stare into it and marvel at the structure of the Abbeys ro...  more »
  • What a gem of a building this is with its mix of Norman and Early English architecture. Very friendly welcome from a steward. Architecturally this building is a real surprise when you step inside beca...  more »
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  • Beautiful abbey and in remarkable condition considering it's size
  • Beautiful abbey and well worth the visit.
  • 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.
  • Worth seeing
  • 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.