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ABBEY GROUNDS AT BURY ST. EDMUNDS USED AS A PUBLIC PARK AND THE RUINS AS A PRIVATE HOUSE

ABBEY GROUNDS AT BURY ST. EDMUNDS USED AS A PUBLIC PARK AND THE RUINS AS A PRIVATE HOUSE

About the year 633 the king of the East Angles, Sigebert, founded a monastery at Beodricesworth. as it was called, and this monastery was used, in 903, for the burial-place of the martyr-king, Edmund, slain by the heathen Danes. The miracles said to have happened at his shrine soon made the monastery celebrated, and in 925 the town became known as St. Edmund's Bury (St. Edmund's town). King Sweyn dissolved the monastery and founded a new one after the Benedictine order, and this continued in prosperity, Henry III granting the abbot two fairs annually, one of which still survives. The grounds are now used as Botanic Gardens and a certain amount of the extent of the abbey buildings may be traced from excavated foundations.

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