King Athelstan - 924 ~ 2024

Anglo Saxon churches of Malmesbury at time of his death

None of the Anglo-Saxon churches of Athelstan’s time survive above ground so it is difficult to know exactly what Malmesbury was like in the tenth century. The Abbey church that we can see today was built two centuries after the time of Athelstan. Before the Norman Conquest there were two main churches in Malmesbury: one dedicated to the Virgin Mary and another dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. There were other smaller churches on the campus including a chapel dedicated to St Michael. A small church dedicated to St Helen was located nearby on Bristol Street part of it survives today as a house. Traces of late Anglo-Saxon work can still be seen on this building although they probably date after the time of Athelstan.