Bury St Edmunds Abbey, Bury St. Edmunds

The Abbey of Bury St Edmunds was once among the richest Benedictine monasteries in England, until the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. It is in the town that grew up around it, Bury St Edmunds in the county of Suffolk, England. It was a centre of pilgrimage as the burial place of the Anglo-Saxon martyr-king Saint Edmund, killed by the Great Heathen Army of Danes in 869. The ruins of the abbey church and most other buildings are merely rubble cores, but two very large medieval gatehouses survive, as well as two secondary medieval churches built within the abbey complex.
When, in the early 10th century, the relics of the martyred king, St Edmund, were translated from Hoxne to Beodricsworth, afterwards known as St Edmundsbury, the site had already been in religious use for nearly three centuries. To the small household of Benedictine monks who guarded the shrine the surrounding lands were granted in 1020, during the reign of Canute. Monks were introduced from St Benet's Abbey under the auspices of the Bishop of Elmham and Dunwich. Two of them became Bury's first two abbots, Ufi, prior of Holme, (d. 1044), who was consecrated abbot by the Bishop of London, and Leofstan (1044–65). After Leofstan's death, the king appointed his physician Baldwin to the abbacy (1065–97). Baldwin rebuilt the church and reinterred St Edmund's body there with great ceremony in 1095. The cult made the richly endowed abbey a popular destination for pilgrimages.
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  • Wandering around the remains of the abbey gives a sense of the scale of it. No wonder the townspeople were p-off with the church's power and wealth!  more »
  • We strolled the gardens and they were indeed lovely. On a nice day they make for a very pleasant walk. The abbey ruins could do with some more explanation. Some interesting interpretations were...  more »
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  • Lovely, peaceful area to walk, picnic or play. Something for everyone. The back drop of the cathedral and surrounding ruins give much to imagine and wonder about our heritage. Lots to see in the way of birds, general wildlife, flowers and local arts. Many events are held throughout the year. Hidden gem of a cafe with fab fayre.
  • Amongst the most beautifully tended gardens I've seen anywhere. They were peaceful with historic surroundings and plenty of information on local history. Well worth a visit on a nice day if you're nearby. Nice little coffee shop and aviary too.

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