Thursday, 16 March 2017
This morning we motored over to Bury St. Edmund's, as the car needed seeing to (one minor problem righting and a service). Took the car to the garage, then one of the mechanics drove us into the town centre, dropped us off near the Angel Hotel, and arranged to pick us up at two pip emma. This gave us four hours (more or less) to explore a lovely old town, take some photographs, do a little shopping, then have lunch. The photo above shows Moyse's Hall on the Market Place, and is, as far as I know (and Churches aside), the only Norman building in Suffolk. It's now used as a museum (with an entrance fee of FOUR pounds, which rather shocked me).
The building, above centre, is The Nutshell, which was known for many years as the smallest pub in Great Britain. I think a building somewhere in the West Country now holds this title (after a good deal of work with a tape measure, and long discussions, I should imagine).
The above building is a non-conformist Church of some description (sorry, I forget exactly which sort). It was raised in the time of Queen Ann (1702 - 1714) I think, and is a very pleasing building (easy on the eye, I mean).
The building above is a campanile (a bell tower), which is of pure Norman work. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning. Bury is a lovely town. In the year 630 A.D. Sigeberht, the King of East Anglia, founded a monastery here. Some centuries after that a good deal of plotting and arguing about the form of Magna Carta took place in Bury Saint Edmund's, so that although it's now considered a country Market Town, in its day it's been deeply involved in English history.
P.s. As you can see from the photies, this morning was a fine, sunny one, and walking round Bury in the mid- March sun was a great pleasure.