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Malmesbury Abbey

 

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  • Existing portion of Malmesbury Abbey highlighted
  • Malmesbury Abbey interior
  • Malmesbury Abbey exterior

Other Information

  • The size of the abbey dates back to Anglo Saxon times when Malmesbury was England's first burgh.
  • English King, Aesthelstan, Alfred the Great's grandson is buried here.
  • In 1010 it saw one of the earliest human flights as the monk Eilmer flew 200 yards in a glider.
  • After the Vatican Library it had the largest library in Europe.
  • The spire collapsed in a gale in the early 16th century destroying two thirds of the church.
  • The English Civil War saw it as a site for a massacre carried out by Roundheads. Bullet holes can still be seen in the walls today.
  • The remains of the church, mostly the nave, survive today and is still used as a place of worship.

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Reference Data

Reference No.
2394
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
13-05-2012
 

Building Location

Address
Abbey Row, Malmesbury. SN16 9BA
Council
North Wiltshire District Council
County
Wiltshire
Region
South West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
676
Completion date
1180
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
131.30
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
50.00 *

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


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