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Monday, 18 January 2016

Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds is a small market town in Suffolk. Named after Edmund the last King of East Anglia who was martyred here at the hands of the Danes in 870AD.

In the centre of the town are the extensive remains of the Abbey which was founded in 1060. It became one of the richest and largest Benedictine monasteries in England. Access to the Abbey church itself was through the Norman Tower(pictured here) which dates from 1120-48.



You enter into the gardens and the first thing you notice are these post medieval houses with a statue of St Edmund in front.



The Abbey was mainly destroyed in the 16th C with the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
It was here in 1214 that King John was persuaded to accept the Charter of Liberties, the forerunner of the Magna Carta.












21 comments:

  1. Nice little piece of History and a town I woul dlike to visit

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  2. Wonderful tour of the abbey, thanks for sharing the history and your visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  3. Beautiful captures and wonderful history!! Such a terrific post for the day, as always! Hope you have a great new week!!

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  4. What a strange name for a town, but I can see why it was so named.

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  5. Very informative and fascinating post ~ Wonderful photos and such history!

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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  6. Ive seen this town on maps so many times and wondered about the name and always forgot to look it up. It's a lovely ruin with large pieces intact. And it looks like you had a lovely day to visit.

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  7. It is so amazing that such old buildings still exist. Ours won't.

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  8. Wonderful coverage of the place.

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  9. Wow - fantastic photos and great history write up too. I learn so much about your country from your blog.

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  10. oh I would love to visit this place, I have a thing for historical fiction and read about things like this all the time :-)

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  11. What an interesting place ! St. Edmund looks a bit skinny :)!

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  12. Great collection. Never have visited there but you make me think I should.

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  13. Nice post to read the history of the place.

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  14. Old buildings and their histories are fascinating!

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  15. I' loved the tour and history ... So is it called Bury St Edumnds because it is a cemetery or does Bury mean something else? (I could Google instead of letting you know how ignorant I am, but I'd ask this if you were giving me a live in-person tour. (And I wish you were!)

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  16. The name is certainly an interesting one! How great to boast being the site of the forerunner of the Magna Carter!

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  17. Bury St Edmunds is a delightful town and enjoyed the virtual tour

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