The Abbey was founded in the 7th century; St Aldhelm was the second abbot.
Discover the wonder of Wiltshire's sacred heritage.
Wiltshire has been a special place for a long time and our ancient sites stand testament to the ages. There are over 500 churches, including the incredible 13th century Salisbury Cathedral with its soaring spire, the tallest in the UK. Like many parts of the UK, there are plenty of historic churches. These sometime overlooked buildings are often heritage gems in beautiful locations with their stories of the past to tell.
History in Wiltshire is not just ancient, come today and you can walk through time.
St Sampson, with its magnificent tower, is an outstanding architectural and artistic landmark close to the Thames Path.
Bradford on Avon was an important religious centre in Saxon times and St Laurence church is an ancient building, thought to be one of the most complete Saxon buildings still in existence.
This remarkable Grade I church lies behind Lydiard Park.
John Betjeman described this as 'the best church in Wiltshire'.
St Mary’s church gleams a golden hue in the setting sunlight which takes your breath away, even without its once high spire it dominates the village scape.
With its unusual dedication Edington's battlemented church is of a size and splendour out of all proportion to the quiet little village in which it stands.
This beautiful place has been a focus for its community and for countless visitors for just shy of 800 years, with the best preserved Magna Carta of 1215.
Perched on a small grassy mound, in the middle of a farm yard, on the outskirts of Malmesbury sits the tiniest church, in service, in Britain.
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