Malmesbury AbbeyMalmesbury Abbey
, at Malmesbury
, was originally founded in the 10th century
by secular canons, but soon came under Benedictine
rule. It is dedicated to Saint Peter
and Saint Paul
. The main building, as it presently stands, was begun in about 1160, and building work continued intermittently until the 16th century. The abbey was dissolved
It is known as the site of an early attempt at human flight when Eilmer of Malmesbury constructed and used a primitive hang glider.