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“A stunning survival”
Review of Malmesbury Abbey

Malmesbury Abbey
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Well worth a visit, this church is the stub of a magnificent Pre-Reformation Abbey. Spectacularly sited, it has great impact, situated as it is on the top of a escarpment. What remains forms a beautiful and interesting church.

Thank johnofthefarm
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

I grown up near Malmesbury, and I still love a stroll around the Abbey & it's grounds. No matter what the weather is like it's always nice to enjoy the beautiful old building.

Thank Rob B
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Malmesbury is a lovely old Cotswold hill town, with Roman origins. The capital of Wessex in the time of King Athelstan, there is still a sense of history in the old cottages and narrow streets. The Abbey dominates the town, was painted by William Turner, and wonderful views can be seen from all around. It holds the tomb of King Athelstan and some wonderful old manuscripts of the Bible which are on view, hand written on vellum with amazing illustrations. Next door is the Old Bell, an old coaching inn, where visitors can call in for be coffee, tea, or a full meal. Well worth a visit!

Thank Caroline B
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Living in England's oldest borough which is steeped in history and Cotswold charm I'm not sure I should write areview as I am unashamedly biased ;but here goes in favour of the stunning building in question.
Visitors approach the Abbey along well used path and see just one third of the original which would have been as grand as nearby Salisbury Cathedral. What remains as the parish church is still breathtaking to the firdt time visitor. The entrance displays beautiful carvings of old testament stories. Inside the vaulting and romanesque pillars impress as does the fantastic cake at the tea shop. Look out for Athestan's tomb, the silver ware and what's the watching loft there for? Spot the imagery of the forest in the structures. Who was Eilmer? A stain glass window tells you he was the first person to fly, well ...hang glide! Visit the parvise and enjoy the illuminated manuscripts many of which were taken for ale barrel bungs.
Sit and contemplate for a while in quiet reflection. Perhaps my friend John will be rehearsing on the organ. The sound is magical as it rebounds round the space.
Step outside to spot the tracery left from the cloisters... the shots in the wall where pehaps folk were executed in the Civil War...discover Hannah Twynnoy, killed by a "Tyger" (or was she; might it be a Victorian con to get visitors into the town even the?)
I'll stop. do visit and ask the friendly guides to point out the above, and more.

Thank Gordon W
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

A beautiful historic old abbey holding so much history. The only downside to the abbey is the fact that there is a modern looking gift shop and pews inside. I live in malmesbury and i never tire of seeing the abbey. The grave yard is just steeped in history too and something so peaceful about the whole place. Worth a visit or 2

Thank Sal W
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