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Archive : Bury St. Edmunds

Bury St. Edmunds is named after St. Edmund, a Saxon king martyred by the Great Heathen Army, led by Ivar The Boneless.

Bury St. Edmunds
Art deco sign ('pillar of salt') The Town Hall The Corn Exchange
The Abbey Gate The Abbey Gate Ruined vault in the Abbey Gate
The Norman Tower Gargoyle on the Norman Tower Glorious new tower of the cathedral
The Norman Tower The Norman Tower The Norman Tower and the cathedral
The abbey was built around the shrine of St. Edmund,
and was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539.
St. Edmundsbury Cathedral The cathedral
The quire The partial cloister The floriated doorway may be a reference to Spain
The cathedral The nave The new crossing
The font cover (by Gilbert Scott) View of the crossing The quire
The quire The crossing The cloister
Today's cathedral began as the parish church of St. James, designed by John Wastell (who put up the vaults in King's College Chapel, Cambridge). The church survived the dissolution of the neighbouring abbey and was made a cathedral in 1914. Extension work by Stephen Dykes Bower began in 1960, making the transepts and quire remarkable contemporaries of such atrocities as the Barbican in London and Boston City Hall. The magnificent tower, by Warwick Pethers and Hugh Matthew, was completed in 2005. To my mind it is the greatest gothic building
of the 21st century so far.
The nave's angel roof, by Sir George Gilbert Scott Copy of the Bury St. Edmunds Cross (original in New York) The Deanery (Dr. Clopton's Hospital)
The ruined abbey West front of the ruined abbey The ruined abbey
St. Mary's St. Mary's St. Mary's
Angel roof in St. Mary's (1445?) Tomb of John Baret ('Grace Me Governe') St. Mary's