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Yes Wilton was an important Wessex settlement serving as a kind of co-capital with Winchester. It had a royal palace although there doesn't seem to be any remains. Along with the abbey, so much lost history.

At least Wilton House survives & it is beautiful .
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Here's a little more on Wilton Abbey and its abbesses,the last one Cecily Bodenham surrendered the abbey on March 25th,1539.

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vc...vol3/pp231-242
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Here's a little more on Wilton Abbey and its abbesses,the last one Cecily Bodenham surrendered the abbey on March 25th,1539.

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vc...vol3/pp231-242
A good read. Thank you.

The abbey had to furnish knights for the king. That's something I'd not heard of before.

Enfeoffing & cartulary are words I did not know & now I do. Handy for scrabble.

The abbess had her own private beer cellar

At the dissolution the abbess was well provided for. That at least is something although it must have been hard for the younger nuns & novices to start life anew. The abbey surprisingly appears to have been in disrepair. That would account presumably for the fact the Herbert built a new house instead of using part of the abbey complex as happened at Lacock & Forde for example.

It's certainly a lost world.
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