Hoping to be wrong, I've just googled to find that the Flying Monk pub in Malmesbury no longer exists. It's still had a ruddy supermarket built on it.
Supposedly the Flying Monk pub was built where Brother Ailmer/ Elmer/ some other spelling, a real Old English monk who predicted the return of Halley's Comet, landed in some Heath Robinson hang-glider-cum-kite contraption. Having jumped off an eighty-foot monastery tower to test the story of Icarus. According to William of Malmesbury anyway, breaking both his ankles and forbidden by his abbot to try again when he, Brother Elmer, thought he should have added a tail.
There is, however, a rock group:www.flyingmonkband.com
Only I've found 'Elmer the Flying Monk' it a good yarn with which to ensnare unsuspecting folk into finding our historical period interesting. That and, since William of Malmesbury's account seems authentic, because dear old Brother Elmer deserves more credit for making ( and daring!) mankind's earliest known attempt at heavier-than-air flight.www.eilmer.co.uk
If memory serves, the old pub's site is a couple of hundred yards from the base of the tower, suggesting that Brother Elmer's hang-glider-cum-kite thingie had some genuine aerodymanic qualities. Along with the fact that he didn't kill himself plunging straight down, just gave himself a classic ski-jumper's injury.
I wonder how much of the "farmers in mud huts" and "civilised by the Normans" attitude we'd have to listen to had the Old English invented the hang-glider a thousand years before Sir George Cayley's coachman first took to the air, in Hanoverian times?
Invented by a Benedictine monk scientific enough to calculate the return of a comet.