Since the re-emergence of Christianity to this region in the 6th century, Malmesbury has long been a place
at the forefront of history. Thought to be the first capital of England, it was home to the first saint of
Wessex (St Aldhelm), the first king of England (King Athelstan the Glorious), the first man to fly (Brother Eilmer),
the father of modern English history (William of Malmesbury), and the father of English philosophy (Thomas Hobbes).
The Abbey was built in the 12th century and is home to King Athelstan's tomb, the crest of Henry VII, a specially
illuminated 15th century Bible, a breathtaking Norman stone porch which illustrates the Christian salvation history
and the grave of Hannah Twinnoy, who was killed by a tiger, locally, in 1703. You can read a little more on the
page of this website.