Malmesbury is one of the oldest continually inhabited sites in the country, dating back to the 7th Century. The Abbey and town sit on the top of a hill and it was interesting as we climbed the steps below the abbey, each step had a plaque depicting some historical relevance to the town and abbey. I photographed these two as we climbed the steps.
941 Athelstan,King of England dies at Gloucester and is buried in Malmesbury Abbey having given King's Heath to the men of Malmesbury forever
1539 Henry the eighth sells the abbey to William Stumpe, an "exceding rich Clothiar"
The abbey ruins surround the part of the building that is still in use as a parish church today
The Inn right next door would have been used as a stopping place for pilgrims