On the northern borders of the county of Wiltshire stands the town of Malmesbury - being the oldest borough in England it dates back to the middle of the 6th century; when the invading Saxons from Germany wrestled this last part of the country from the Britons.
The Monastery shown above was built in 676AD.
The Abbey was the site of an early attempt at human flight when, during the early 11th century, the monk Eilmer of Malmesbury (named the "Mad Monk of Malmesbury) attached wings to his body and flew from a tower. Eilmer flew over 100 metres before landing, breaking both legs. He later remarked that the only reason he did not fly further was the lack of a tail on his glider. It housed the second largest library in Europe during the 11th and 12th century.