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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Bury St Edmunds Abbey

Abbey Gatehouse
Bury St Edmunds is a delightful East Anglian market town that we visit regularly.  Here, most people are true locals mostly born and bred in the area.

Bury St Edmunds Abbey behind the old 
abbey ruins

Our last visit was on a cold Jan 31st 2015. On the way home it snowed heavily and the temperature in the car was just 1 degree C.  Apart from shopping, we visited the Abbey Gardens and Angel Hill.

Abbey Gate is a 14th century stone gatehouse leading to the Abbey Gardens. It is one of the best surviving examples of its type and still retains its portcullis.

Grey squirrel in Abbey Gardens
The new St Edmundsbury Cathedral (tower only recently completed) is located behind the ruins of the old Abbey, which is located in the Abbey Gardens.  At this time of the year, the flower beds are rather bare, but in a few weeks and throughout the summer they are filled with colour. There were lots of grey squirrels around.   The abbey dates from the 1300s.

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