East Anglia, Land of the Iceni Towns and Villages

East Anglia Map Ref: C4

Market Days: Wednesday & Saturday

"A handsome little town, of thriving and cleanly appearance". A description in Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers, when the character (and the author) stayed at the Angel Hotel on Angel Hill opposite the Abbey Gate.
Angel Hill was once home of the Bury Fair and the traditional market place. Today it is used as a car park. However, although the use of the Hill has changed, the town still lives up to Dickens' description.

Passing through the Abbey Gate brings you to the formal gardens opened in 1911 and one of the reasons Bury has won so many awards as a floral town, and on to the grounds that contain the ruins of the great Benedictine Abbey that once contained the shrine of St Edmund, King of East Anglia, who was killed by invading Danes in 869AD.
The West Front of the Abbey is a very imaginative example of how our forefathers recycled existing ancient walls by building into them.

The heart of the town itself is an example of 11th century town planning with the streets neatly laid out, full of interesting buildings and shops. Though much of the town was destroyed in the fire of 1608, it was rebuilt using traditional methods, so behind the modern shop fronts are many timbered buildings.
Moyse's Hall, a unique stone built Norman townhouse is now the towns museum looking over the present day market place. The Victorian Corn Exchange is still in use today, reflecting that the rural links still stand.

Other points of interest:
A little further along from the Cathedral Church of St James is St Mary's Church. Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII is buried here.
The Manor House Museum is a Georgian mansion now holding a collection of costume and art.
And as you wander around the streets, look out for The Nutshell, reputed to be the smallest pub in Britain.

Bury St Edmunds Web Links:
Bury St Edmunds and beyond

Tourist Information Centre:
6 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1UZ
Phone 01284 764667
Abbey Gate, Bury St Edmunds

Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

Recycled ruins, Bury St Edmunds

Market Place, Bury St Edmunds

Nutshell pub, Bury St Edmunds

Towns & Villages

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Last Updated: 11 November 2004

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