Everybody in Malmesbury knows about a beautiful riverside area known as Daniel's Well. Few people know the amazing true story of Daniel, a monk from Malmesbury who achieved national and international fame during his life long ago in the 8th century.

He was one of the leading followers of Aldhelm during the first Golden Age of Malmesbury Abbey around about the year 700. Daniel was well-known for his powerful intellect and good judgement. In 705 he was appointed to the important post of Bishop of Winchester. As bishop he became one of the chief advisers to the powerful kings of Wessex. He was interested in the history of Wessex and provided the Venerable Bede with vital information about regional history which Bede included in his famous history of the English people. In Winchester Daniel became the mentor to Saint Boniface and encouraged him to set off on his extraordinary mission to convert the people of Germany to Christianity. Daniel visited Rome for discussions with the Pope in 721. After four decades in Winchester Daniel retired to Malmesbury, his spiritual home, where he died in about 745.

Bishop Daniel

Come and hear Tony tell the little-known but astonishing story of one of the most important people in the history of Malmesbury on Friday 25th May 7.30pm in the Town Hall, tickets are £5 each and are available from the Tourist Information Centre.

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Please click here to view the temporary bus timetable that will run during the closure of Abbey Row from the 29th-31st May and spread the word; if you are aware of any neighbours or relatives who use the town bus please share this information with them. Hard copies of the timetable are in the Information Centre in the Town Hall.
The sunny weather that is anticipated this coming Saturday will be a most welcome feature at the St Aldhelm's Fair celebration here in Malmesbury. There will be a variety of stalls in the Cloister Gardens to browse whilst the Companions of the Longbow will be providing a Longbow experience for youngsters free of charge.
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