Pictures of buildings mentioned in the “Suffolk” volume of “The Buildings of England” series by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner. Georgian


Bury St Edmunds is usually described as “historic”, “nice” or “interesting”.  It is consistently undersold, such as on Wikipedia or its own Council’s web-site.  Any town that boasts a Cathedral and a brewery is worth a second look.  It traces its history back to the dark ages and has architecture from the Normans to the startlingly modern (Debenhams store) but is predominantly Georgian in character.  Modern developments have been carried out sensitively.  It is currently prosperous with a good selection of shops, including national chains and local independents.  In Suffolk it lies well behind Ipswich and Lowestoft in population but is arguably its first town.


Bury St Edmunds has the longest entry in the book and there will always be more photographs to add but these are a good representation.


Mary Tudor (daughter of Henry 7, sister to Henry 8, wife of king Louis 12 of France and subsequently of Charles Brandon, duke of Suffolk, known as the duchess of Suffolk but more commonly the French queen) was buried in Bury St Edmunds on 21 July 1533.  This was almost certainly at the Abbey but the body was moved to St Mary’s before the dissolution of the monasteries.

Bury St Edmunds