Set into what looks like a fairly boring flight of steps, embedded plaques tell you a little about events in Mamesbury's past so you can enjoy a history lesson as you climb. They are only brief notes, but nevertheless some interesting local snippets.
c.500BC - An iron age community occupied the hill fort here.
675 - Adhelm, founder of the Abbey, is given the first grant of land for his monastery.
c.880 - Malmesbury is given borough status by King Alfred.
941 - Athelstan, King of England, dies at Gloucester and is buried in Malmesbury's abbey, having given King's Heath to the men of Malmesbury forever.
1180 - Norman abbey building dedicated.
c.1490 - Malmesbury's market cross is erected, for "poore market folkes to stande dry when rayne cummith"
1539 - Henry the Eighth sells the abbey to William Stumpe an "exceding rich clothiar"
1886 - Malmesbury, after a thousand years of burgess rule, forms a new council
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