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Malmesbury Abbey

 

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Malmesbury Abbey - only the nave remains of the Norman rebuild of this great medieval abbey, which houses the tomb of English King Athelstan (895 - 925 - 939 (44)) and once had a spire as high as Salisbury Cathedral.  The Norman abbey church was built c1170, but in the early 1500s the crossing tower (which would have been on the right above) collapsed, destroying chancel and transepts.  A hundred years' later the west tower collapsed, taking out the last three west bays of the nave (left above).  So what is there today is a truncated Norman nave - with character!

 

Holly Hayes has a good historical overview on Sacred Destinations

 

 

Tomb of the English King Athelstan (895 - 925 - 939 (44))

 

 

   

 

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