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Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Post townMalmesbury
Administrative CountyWiltshire
Traditional CountyWiltshire
OS GridST9387
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityWiltshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWiltshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWiltshire
Ambulance AuthorityGreat Western
Dialling code01666
Population4,631 (2001 census)
 

Other names by which Malmesbury, Wiltshire has been known in the past

Adelmesbirig ~ Ingelborne ~ Ingleborne ~ Maidulfesburge ~ Maidulphi Urbs ~ Maidulphs Citie ~ Maildulfsbury ~ Maimsbury ~ Malduburie ~ Maldunsburg ~ Malmesburie ~ Malmsbury ~ Malmsbury Abbey ~ Meadelmesbyrig ~ Meldunum ~ Malmesberie ~ Mamesberie

Malmesbury, Wiltshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Malmesbury.-- market town, Wilts, on river Avon, 16 miles NW. of Swindon and 94 W. of London by rail, 325 ac., pop. 3133; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. This is a pleasantly situated, ancient, and highly interesting town. William of Malmesbury refers to its monastery having been founded in 670. Of several relics of antiquity existing in the district the best known is the abbey church, the ruins of which are very interesting. Brewing and silk mfr. are the industries of the place. William of Malmesbury (12th century) was precentor of the abbey; and Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), the philosopher, was a native. Malmesbury is a corporate town, and the governing charter (8th William III.) recites previous charters of Athelstan, Henry IV., and Charles I. It returned 2 members to Parliament until 1832, and 1 member from 1832 until 1885.

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