Bury St Edmunds

Up Angel Hill Apex Cornhill/Traverse Mustow Street Brewery Area

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The motto of the borough of St. Edmundsbury, Sacrarium Regis, Cunabula Legis, means "Shrine of a King, Cradle of the Law". The King is St, Edmund, King of the East Angles, who was killed by invading Danes in 869AD. His shrine stood for centuries in the medieval Abbey in Bury St. Edmunds and from him the town derives its name. "Cradle of the Law" refers to the tradition that in 1214AD the barons of England met in the Abbey Church and swore an oath to force King John to accept the Charter of Liberties, this would become known as the "Magna Carta".

Bury St. Edmunds is a mediaeval town which grew up around the gates of the great Benedictine monastery founded in 1020AD. Bury was a prosperous market town with a thriving cloth making industry. St Mary's Church was built in the 15th century and it is here that Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, is buried. Many splendid Georgian buildings survive, but most are hidden behind elegant 17th and 18th century facades. The fine buildings in the town, are a testimony to its prosperity in the 18th century.

Angel Hill includes the Angel Hotel, the Abbey gate, cathedral and Georgian houses Cornhill & The Traverse
The Brewery and area surrounding Medieval buildings in Mustow Street
Abbeygate Street 15 Abbeygate [IoE 466582]
Typical street with a mix of Georgian, Elizabethan etc buildings ...resulting in a mix of rooftops      [Photo: Kathy Sprys June 29, 2006]




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