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Malmesbury History

Malmesbury Abbey

Malmesbury - History

malmesbury_abbeyMalmesbury Abbey, undoubtedly the most striking and important feature of the town’s history, has had a varied and distinct past. The present Abbey building dates back to the 12th century but the site itself has been used as a place of worship since at least the 7th century AD.

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The Triangle

Malmesbury - History

malmesbury_triangle__war_memorialThe Triangle, known as Sheepfair beforehand, used to be the location of a bustling market outside of the original town gates. The area is now of course dominated by the First World War Memorial and the Three Cups Inn.

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Malmesbury Lace

Malmesbury - History

lace_example_newMalmesbury lace was once renowned nationwide for its quality and unique characteristics, and at one stage formed a major part of the town’s trade and economy.

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Cowbridge House

Malmesbury - History

cowbridge_houseCowbridge House, which has existed for more than 250 years, has seen varied roles throughout its history, but none more important than its role in the Second World War.

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American Connections with Malmesbury

Malmesbury - History

us_flagMalmesbury and the surrounding area have some astonishing links to the United States, especially when you consider both the town’s size and rural location.

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Linolite Ltd.

Malmesbury - History

lightIn 1941, Linolite Ltd. moved into the area currently known as The Maltings, at the site of the old woollen mill located there.

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The Old Bell Hotel

Malmesbury - History

oldbellThe Old Bell Hotel shares much of its history, as well as its location, with Malmesbury Abbey. Indeed, its links with the Abbey date back as far as the early 13th century and as a result it claims to be England’s oldest hotel.

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Dyson

Malmesbury - History

dysonIn June 1993, James Dyson, the industrial designer behind Dyson vacuum cleaners, located a research and development centre and factory in Malmesbury to produce his products. All Dyson vacuum cleaners and washing machines were made at the Malmesbury factory, until 2002, when production was outsourced to Malaysia (with washing machine production to follow suit in 2003).

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Daniel's Well

Malmesbury - History

Daniels-Well-BridgeDaniel of Winchester, seen to be one of the great bishops of the early Church in England, is the individual behind the naming of ‘Daniel’s Well’, located a short distance away from the centre of the town, just off of Burnivale and The Maltings.

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Athelstan Cinema

Malmesbury - History

athelstan-cinema-programsAfter experiencing a travelling cinema for some years beforehand, Malmesbury finally obtained a permanent building to fulfil such a role in 1935. Athelstan Cinema, as it was known, contained 333 seats. In 1955 it obtained a panoramic screen for the first time and between 1983 and 1988 it doubled as a bingo hall for residents.

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Avon Mill

Malmesbury - History

silk_millsThe Avon Mill site, despite being best known for its previous 19th century Silk Mills, has been the site of a mill since the 13th century.

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The Malmesbury Branch Line

Malmesbury - History

malmesbury-station-abbeyThe development of the railway in Britain had an enormous impact nationwide; opening up otherwise relatively closed rural communities on an unprecedented scale. Malmesbury was at first ignored by early rail development, the first scheme suggested in 1845 was rejected by landowners, but a few decades later a branch line was developed.

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