Local History

The Abbey Gate is one of the oldest parts of our area.  Wikipedia states:-

Abbey Gate, opening onto the Great Courtyard, was the secular entrance which was used by theAbbey’s servants. In 1327, it was destroyed during the Great Riot by the local people, who were angry at the power of the monastery, and it had to be rebuilt. Norman Gate dates from 1120–48 and was designed to be the gateway for the Abbey Church and it is still the belfry for the Church of St James, the present cathedral of Bury St Edmunds. This four-storey gate-hall is virtually unchanged and is entered through a single archway. Great Gate is an impressive 14th century stone gatehouse, designed to be the gateway for the Great Courtyard. One of the best surviving examples of its type, this two storey gate-hall is entered through a single archway which retains its portcullis

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The Guildhall Project

‘To re-introduce the public to a unique and historic building which, along with inspirational and varied collections and events with contemporary facilities, will celebrate our local and national heritage from the 13th century to the present day’ There is evidence that influential townsmen used to meet at the Guildhall from as early as the second […]

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