Saturday 21st May 2020 Bury St. Edmunds £10 person
Morning: Tour of: Abbey Ruins with Dr. Richard Hoggett FSA MCIfA
Afternoon: St. Mary’s Church with Clive Paine
The site of the Abbey of St Edmund has been a significant place on the regional, national and international stage since the 10th century and its story is intimately bound up with those of the royal martyr Edmund and the wider town of Bury St Edmunds. The year 2020 witnessed the millennial anniversary of the formal foundation of the abbey in AD 1020 and, following delays caused by Covid-19, this milestone is being celebrated during a series of events being held in and around Bury during the coming months. During this visit we will walk the ruins of the abbey with heritage consultant Dr Richard Hoggett, who has studied the abbey extensively, and explore why the site deserves its position as one of Suffolk’s most important historic sites.
We are invited to St. Mary’s Church to have our packed lunches. Tea and coffee will be available and there are WC facilities. After lunch Clive Paine would like to welcome us to his home church with an introduction to its history and the significance of its place adjacent to the Abbey precincts There will be time for us to explore the building and Clive will be on hand to answer any questions.
We will meet at the Abbey Gate ready to start promptly at 10.30 and suggest the Ram Meadow Car Park.
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