Malmesbury Top Trumps

Some time during the first decade of the 1000's, Eilmer the Monk fixed wings to his hands and feet and launched himself from the top of a tower of Malmesbury Abbey.

Hannah Twynnoy (died 1703) is reputedly the first person on record to have been killed by a tiger in Britain.

In 925AD, King Athelstan of Wessex, the son of Alfred, made Malmesbury his capital.

Malmesbury was given royal 'borough' status by Alfred the Great, around 880AD.

The hilltop contains several freshwater springs, which created early settlements. Recent archaeological excavations have revealed stone town wall defences, which have shown history of a Neolithic fort and foundations of a wooden Iron Age fort between 800 and 500BC.