Love Local Malmesbury – Day 1

By Anita Jaynes on 15 August, 2020

For the next week (Saturday 15th August – Friday 21st August) we’re celebrating Malmesbury, as part of our 15 week #LoveLocalWilts campaign.

Thanks to our sponsor Nathan Ind Financial Planning we will be putting the spotlight on some of the town’s amazing independent businesses.

Malmesbury is said to be the oldest continually inhabited town in England. Sat on top of a flat hill encircled by the River Avon the town is often called ‘Queen of Hilltop Towns’ being England’s oldest borough with a rich history over 1000 years. Malmesbury can be traced back to the fifth century, but modern excavations have revealed the remains of an Iron Age Fort, which casts the settlement possibly as far back as 500 BC. 

Malmesbury is also home to England’s oldest hotel, the Old Bell, which has been offering bed and board since 1220.

The honey stoned streets, a quaint tumble of 17th and 18th-century shops and inns bustle under the gaze of the imposing and beautiful seventh-century abbey. When St. Aldhelm founded the monastery the site soon became a place of pilgrimage and learning, and in the 10th Century, Athelstan, the first king of (all) England and grandson of Alfred the Great, made Malmesbury his capital. He is buried under the abbey grounds.

Today we’re putting the spotlight on the town’s, The Old Bakehouse. Situated on 27 High Street, it’s a popular bakery where lunchtime sees people queuing into the street (and that was before Covid-19 restrictions) for its freshly baked goods.

It’s a small, independent artisan bakery and makes a range of baked goods on site with a stone floored oven. Pop in to the shop to see its daily offering from sourdough breads, to Belgian buns and laminated pastries. Follow The Old Bakehouse on Facebook: @theoldbakehouse2020 

Love Local Malmesbury is part of The Business Exchange’s Love Local Wiltshire campaign (#LoveLocalWilts). Over the next 15 weeks we will be encouraging people to buy local, explore Wiltshire’s amazing towns and city and support the many independents which make this area so unique. Follow the campaign on social media #LoveLocalWilts.