Malmesbury before St. Aldhelm (500BC – 675AD)
Malmesbury has a history dating back to around 500 BC, at which point the first mentions of the settlement of ‘Caer Bladon’ are made. This translates to mean ‘fortified place (or ‘stronghold’) on the Bladon’, with ‘Bladon’ referring to what we now recognise as the River Avon. Use of this early term suggests, and archaeological digs have since proven, that the site has been continuously inhabited since the Iron Age.
A super-sized aerial photograph of the 2011 Glastonbury Festival is on display at the Town Hall Gallery in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
This year, the Malmesbury Carnival Trail focuses around Hidden Treasures. The trail, which starts at Malmesbury Tourist Information Centre, is a photo trail that leads participants around the town, perhaps even to places they have never visited before!
Now heading into its last few days in Malmesbury Town Hall Gallery is Robert Peel’s Photo Exhibition. The exhibition presents images of Malmesbury and the surrounding area captured by local photographer Robert Peel.
Malmesbury 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.
Malmesbury 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.
Malmesbury and the surrounding area have some astonishing links to the United States, especially when you consider both the town’s size and rural location.
The 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.
Daniel 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.